SKIPPER Chris Park revealed how 13-year-old Connor Smith would make his first-team debut for Bournemouth on Saturday.

The talented teenager tops the wicket-taking charts across all sides and formats at Chapel Gate this season, having claimed an impressive 30 scalps at just more than 13 apiece.

He is set to be part of Lions’ outfit to host Hampshire Academy (12.30pm).

Captain Park, 36, had been playing first-team cricket six years before Smith was born.

He told the Daily Echo: “It’s a decision we have not taken lightly.

“Connor has been bowling beautifully for the second team for the past six or seven games. He is in the wickets and every week I keep hearing how well he is bowling.

“His time has come and we are going to give him his first-team debut.

“His dad is the chairman of the junior section and his mum plays in the ladies’ softball team. She also helps co-ordinate the fifth team, where his younger brother plays.

“I feel the time is right just to give him a taste of first-team cricket, coloured clothing and the white ball.”

Dan Conway and Jacob Gordon are unavailable for Lions this weekend. Victory could take Bournemouth above Hampshire Academy in the table.