Four lucky youngsters were treated to a once in a lifetime opportunity at the Cooper Associates County Ground last night.
Kasey Aldridge, Josh Whitemore, Dan James-Stone and Alfie Ogborne received one to one coaching sessions from some of the Somerset First XI squad.
The four lucky juniors won the sessions at the annual Somerset Youth Cricket Presentation Evening, which raises money for the Clowance Trust, earlier this year.
Jack Leach, Jamie Overton, Roelof van der Merwe and Tim Groenewald were on hand last night to put the young players through their paces.
After the intensive hour long session Tim Groenewald said: “It’s always nice to get involved and help out with young cricketers. It was nice to see what Alfie had been working on and whether I could help in any way. All the guys had a bit of fun tonight and I hope that we were able to pass something on. These sort of events are what it’s all about and it’s really important that the young guys are having fun at this stage.”
Jamie Overton also enjoyed the session. “It was really good,” he said. “Hopefully we were able to give these guys some pointers that will help them out. When I was growing up I just wanted to improve all the time, so it’s nice to be able to help someone do that and to give a little something back.”
The Clowance Trust supports youth performance cricket in Somerset, in the following ways:
- Contributing financially to age group tours and festivals, to reduce costs for players
- Paying for specialist coaching sessions and coaches to help develop players
- Subsidising kit and coaching equipment for age groups