‘Youth pro­gramme is build­ing bright fu­ture’

Aus­tralian bats­man praises abil­i­ties of ju­nior sec­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Ed Wain­wright tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CHE­SHAM Cricket Club are reap­ing the ben­e­fits of a vi­brant, pro­gres­sive youth devel­op­ment pro­gramme dur­ing the past few years, ac­cord­ing to over­seas player James Day.

The Aus­tralian was de­lighted with the way they per­formed in their first ‘cricket week’, achiev­ing four con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries, in­clud­ing one against a very tal­ented MCC XI.

And Day is sure the in­volve­ment of many younger play­ers in the first team’s suc­cesses was tes­ta­ment to the club’s ju­nior pro­gramme.

He said: “The pride and strength of Che­sham is un­doubt­edly the ju­nior sec­tion, with soft­ball train­ing for chil­dren aged five to nine on a Sun­day morn­ing and at least two teams across all age groups from 10 to 17.

“This depth has trans­lated into sil­ver­ware, with Che­sham sides reg­u­larly ap­pear­ing at Bucks league fi­nal days, with some achiev­ing suc­cess on a re­gional and na­tional level.”

Sun­day

ses­sions

are

where

it all be­gins for young play­ers around Bucks, with The Meadow heav­ing with ex­cite­ment in group af­ter group of cricket-mad young­sters,

Day added: “The suc­cess is such, that some young­sters don’t want to go on summer hol­i­days sim­ply be­cause they love turn­ing up to the ses­sions.”

Che­sham have many qual­i­fied coaches who con­duct ses­sions through­out the week, in­clud­ing women se­niors on Mon­day evenings. More im­por­tant, though, ac­cord­ing to Day, are the younger coaches com­ing through who are ‘giv­ing some­thing back to the club they love’.

With the hol­i­days in full flow, Che­sham’s summer camps, which in­clude video anal­y­sis, are about to start, led by Day and first-team bats­men Ja­son Rance,

Day was not able to in­spire Che­sham against neigh­bours Amer­sham on Satur­day. They suf­fered a 104-run de­feat in the Home Coun­ties Pre­mier League Divi­sion Two match.

Chas­ing Amer­sham’s to­tal of 210 all out, Day top-scored with 41, but Ja­son Rance (11) and Gra­ham Rance (19) were the only other bats­men to reach dou­ble fig­ures.

Che­sham were dis­missed for just 106.

Con­trib­uted

SHAR­ING TAL­ENT: James Day is work­ing with young play­ers at Che­sham Cricket Club’s summer camps

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