Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Foundation for the Future; Durham Cricket Academies Bowl over Youngsters at the Riverside

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Foundation for the Future; Durham Cricket Academies Bowl over Youngsters at the Riverside

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THE middle of winter it may be, but young cricketers have already begun their preparations for the summer - thanks to the Durham County Cricket Club Foundation.

The Foundation, in association with Tesco and the Esh Charitable Trust, ran three pre-season academies at the Riverside, Chester-le-Street.

More than 60 players aged between 10 and 18 attended from across Durham, Northumberland, Cleveland and Cumbria.

The academies were designed to give the Phil Mustards and Liam Plunketts of the future an overview of their game ahead of pre-season training.

The youngsters took part in a fitness assessment and were then given fielding challenges before Durham's coaches analysed individual batting and bowling techniques.

The academies, taking place in the county's indoor cricket school, utilised all the resources the Riverside has to offer - including the latest video technology.

Putting the youngsters through their paces were Durham Academy coaches John Windows and Ali Maiden and community coach Richard Hopper.

First-team coach Geoff Cook was on hand to work on the batting aspects and Durham's fast bowling coach Alan Walker took the bowling sessions.

Durham all-rounder Will Gidman also gave advice about being a professional player and Durham Academy players Ryan Pringle and Ben Raine were also involved. …

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