Somerset and England bowling legend Andy Caddick has been back at the Cooper Associates County Ground recently working with the next generation of young fast bowlers.
Andy became a firm favourite with Somerset supporters in a career that stretched between 1991 and 2009, during which he claimed well over 1000 wickets in all formats, many of which were captured on the less than bowler friendly Taunton wickets.
In addition between 1993 and 2003 “Caddy” played in 62 Test Matches for England in which he claimed 234 wickets at an average of 29.16, making him one of the leading bowlers of his era.
Now Caddick, who is 47, is spending five Friday evenings before the start of the 2016 season working with Somerset Under 17 bowlers and sharing some of the vast knowledge that helped him to become one of the most feared bowlers on the circuit.
Caddick said: “I am delighted to be able to work with Somerset’s young bowlers, some of who will hopefully go on and play for the Club and enjoy playing as much as I did. I had a long career playing cricket so I am only too pleased to be able to give something back to the next generation.”
He added: “Not only will I be working on the physical side of the skill but I will also focus on developing the mental toughness and the approach that is involved in being a fast bowler.”
Greg Kennis the Somerset Cricket Board Head Coach said: “It’s just fantastic that we’ve got someone with Andy Caddick’s vast experience working with our Under 17 bowlers for five sessions.”
Andy is not the only Somerset legend who is currently lending a hand with the regions young bowlers as Greg explains: “The youngsters are very fortunate because in addition to Andy we’ve also got another of Somerset’s most successful bowlers in recent years lending a hand. Alfonso Thomas is helping to coach them as well!”
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