Bears great Ostler to lead women’s side

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WAR­WICK­SHIRE Women have ap­pointed Bears leg­end Do­minic Ostler as their coach.

Ostler, who spent 14 years at Edg­bas­ton be­tween 1990 and 2004, scored over 18,000 runs in all three for­mats and picked up eight win­ner’s medals.

The 48- year- old re­ceived his War­wick­shire cap in 1991 and a ben­e­fit year in 2000, which cul­mi­nated in scor­ing 1,096 first- class runs at a ca­reer av­er­age of 49.81.

Ostler will be joined by Tom Brown and the pair will start with the squad in De­cem­ber. They will work with the play­ers to equip them to be ca­pa­ble of fin­ish­ing higher than fourth in the 50- over and T20 for­mats.

The cur­rent Berk­swell CC cap­tain, who led the team to their sec­ond Birm­ing­ham and District Pre­mier League ti­tle in three years last sea­son, has pre­vi­ously coached the War­wick­shire Women Un­der- 17s.

Laura MacLeod, Women and Girls’ Per­for­mance Man­ager at War­wick­shire Women, said: “Do­minic Ostler was a fan­tas­tic can­di­date. He has an ex­cel­lent past record of win­ning tro­phies and that ex­pe­ri­ence will be vi­tal in lead­ing the team into an ex­cit­ing new era.

“Do­minic knows a lot of the girls al­ready due to his work with the Un­der- 17s so that should make the tran­si­tion seam­less. I’m de­lighted to be work­ing with Do­minic and can’t wait to see the side progress in the fu­ture.”

Ostler added: “I’m de­lighted to be re­turn­ing to Edg­bas­ton in such an ex­cit­ing po­si­tion.

“As a life­long Bear, the op­por­tu­nity to coach this gen­er­a­tion of girls was a role I could not turn down, es­pe­cially as I’ve re­ally en­joyed my ex­pe­ri­ence with the Un­der- 17s. I have been a part of some in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful War­wick­shire sides and, work­ing along­side Laura MacLeod, I hope to repli­cate that as a coach.”

Do­minic Ostler

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