Tal­ented youngsters show off skills in WACA camp

Pilbara News - - PILBARA SPORT - Bray­den Lee

The West­ern Aus­tralian Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion with the help of the Pil­bara Re­gional Cricket Board held its sec­ond an­nual High Per­for­mance Talent Camp this month for the most tal­ented youngsters be­tween the ages of 12 to 16 from around the Pil­bara.

The players ar­rived on Fri­day, July 15, ready to show off their skills to WACA Pil­bara co-or­di­na­tor An­drew Hayes and ACA coach and for­mer State player Michael This­tle. The camp started with some ba­sic bat­ting, bowl­ing and catch­ing tech­nique drills.

Satur­day’s train­ing started with some tech­ni­cal bat­ting and bowl­ing drills to im­prove tech­niques fol­lowed by some match-sim­u­lated field­ing drills and a 2km time trial, with some im­pres­sive re­sults.

A 15-over match then took place giv­ing all players a chance to dis­play their skills. Some im­pres­sive swing bowl­ing and a num­ber of leg spin bowlers show­ing their tricks, com­bined with some big hit­ting, al­lowed for an en­ter­tain­ing game.

Satur­day night pro­vided the chance for the players to get ad­vice and lis­ten to sto­ries from for­mer Aus­tralian and West Aus­tralian fast bowler Jo An­gel.

The players asked as many ques­tions as they could about Jo’s ca­reer and what they had to do to reach the next level.

The camp fin­ished on Sun­day, July 17, with some Twenty20 sce­nar­ios and spe­cific bat­ting skills, fol­lowed by a re­cov­ery swim. The camp ended with a dis­cus­sion on path­ways from ju­nior cricket to State level rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams.

Pic­tures: Bray­den Lee

Leroy McCaw­ley bowls some crafty leg spin.

2016 High Per­for­mance Talent Camp players and coaches.

2015-16 PRCB Ris­ing Star award win­ner Zoe Brit­cliffe.

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