‘Youth programme is building bright future’
Australian batsman praises abilities of junior section
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.”
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.
SHARING TALENT: James Day is working with young players at Chesham Cricket Club’s summer camps