How's a-bat that then?

A cricket-mad pupil from Samuel Pepys School, in St Neots, was over the moon when he was presented with a cricket bat signed by England star Andrew Freddie Flintoff. Ian Warman, 15, from Gamlingay, was presented with his surprise gift at a special assem

A cricket-mad pupil from Samuel Pepys School, in St Neots, was over the moon when he was presented with a cricket bat signed by England star Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff.

Ian Warman, 15, from Gamlingay, was presented with his surprise gift at a special assembly last Friday, ahead of his 15th birthday on Sunday.

The gift came about when Ian, who has Down's Syndrome and learning difficulties, told his speech therapy assistant Nicky Cresswell how he and his brother were interested in cricket.

Mrs Cresswell was then able to ask her husband, who works with Andrew Flintoff's brother, to arrange for Ian to be presented with the gift at an assembly.

A spokesman for the Samuel Pepys School said: "Ian was completely taken by surprise and delighted by the present.

"Ian's father and sister were able to attend the assembly as well and it was a great occasion for him."

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