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Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Cricket - By Paa­van Mo­hin­dru

A for­mer first-class crick­eter has given up his day job to re­turn to the sport he loves – by be­com­ing a coach.

Chris Dale, 53, is a for­mer Kent and Glouces­ter­shire spin­ner, who made 11 First Class and four Grade A ap­pear­ances, tak­ing nine wickets.

His county ca­reer spanned 1984-1986 with his three Kent ap­pear­ances com­ing in 86, against In­dia, Sur­rey and Not­ting­hamshire.

He has been play­ing cricket for al­most 40 years. As well as his county ex­pe­ri­ence, he has rep­re­sented Kent Schools and the Kent League.

For 25 years he was a player, and some of the time cap­tain, at St Lawrence & High­land Court, one of the old­est clubs in Kent.

His time in the game has seen him play in Australia and he has also qual­i­fied as a Kent League panel um­pire.

Dale says that coach­ing was al­ways on his agenda and now he can de­vote his time to the crick­eters of the fu­ture, with his classes based in four lo­cal schools and at Can­ter­bury CC’s Polo Farm.

He said: “I have al­ways wanted to coach and now the time is right for me to con­cen­trate solely on this rather than part-time when work al­lowed.

“I have a wealth of play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence which will en­able me to share what I have learned with the young crick­eters to­day.

“Be­fore coach­ing, my work has been pri­mar­ily in sales and in the main sell­ing ma­chin­ery and equip­ment to golf clubs and sports clubs, so I have al­ways been able to at­tach to sport in one way or an­other.” Dale says his aim is to use his wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to help young­sters not only how to im­prove their tech­nique but also their de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

He added: “I will be get­ting them to think on their feet so they can make the right calls when they are out there in the mid­dle. Tech­nique is im­por­tant but know­ing your own ca­pa­bil­i­ties is ar­guably more im­por­tant.

“The next im­por­tant thing is be­ing able to shut out dis­trac­tions and con­cen­trate on mak­ing the right de­ci­sions.”

He has some ad­vice for would-be crick­eters who want to progress in the game.

He said: “De­velop a sound tech­nique, learn your strengths and weak­nesses, prac­tise them hard, know how and when to use them in each for­mat and dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stance within each game.

“The mod­ern game re­quires our crick­eters to be ath­letes, to be in­ven­tive and in­stinc­tive, even cre­ative but still we have to have a sound and solid base to work from. We have to have good ba­sic skills in or­der to en­joy the more ex­trav­a­gant ones.”

Dale’s classes at Can­ter­bury CC in­volve pri­vate one-to-one coach­ing and he will also be run­ning May half- term and sum­mer hol­i­day camps at the same venue dur­ing July and Au­gust.

To find out more about Chris Dale’s classes, call 07936 521684 or email chris­dale8@gmail.com

Pic­ture: Chris Davey FM3802094

For­mer Kent and Glouces­ter­shire spin­ner Chris Dale coach­ing Matiss Siyam­bal­api­tiya at Polo Farm

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