The fourth intake for the Tom Maynard Academy has been confirmed and includes Lewis Gregory and Ryan Davies.
The Academy comprises twelve professional cricketers from nine of the First Class counties.
The 2017 group will spend nine days in Spain from 16th to 24th February at the Desert Springs resort and will work to a carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength & conditioning and both individual and group activity. The programme finishes with two special Twenty20 matches between the Tom Maynard Academy XI and a Spanish national side at La Manga.
Regarding his selection Lewis said: “It’s really exciting to be selected. There’s a really good group of young cricketers involved and we have seen how much it’s benefited someone like Ben Duckett who has been involved in the past. It’s an honour to be involved with something like this because of what the charity is about and what it does.”
Ryan is also delighted to have been selected. “I’m really proud to have been named in the group,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to the trip and hopefully I’ll learn a lot about my game and about me as a person. It’s a privilege to have been included and I can’t wait to get out there to do some outdoor work.”
This year’s Academy will also be augmented by the presence of two talented emerging players identified by Cricket Espana who will spend a day practicing and training with the group at Desert Springs.
Somerset Director of Cricket Matthew Maynard will again head the delivery of the programme. As with the three previous intakes, he will be assisted by former Gloucestershire, Yorkshire & Australia all-rounder, and now Assistant Head Coach at Gloucestershire, Ian Harvey. Making up the trio of coaches in 2017 will be former Glamorgan captain and current wicket-keeper/batsman Mark Wallace, who has stepped in to replace Academy regular Paul Nixon, who is unable to participate in 2017.
Former Somerset First Team Coach, England assistant coach and now Director of Cricket Coaching at Millfield School, Mark Garaway will be providing personal profiling support for the group. Physical fitness and strength & conditioning will be overseen by Gary Metcalfe, one of the physiotherapists employed at Somerset whilst former Middlesex, Glamorgan and England all-rounder Jamie Dalrymple will also be present to deliver specialist sessions to the players.
Once again the 2017 programme is being funded in its entirety by the Trust.
After a nominations process, the twelve successful players are:
Josh Bohannen (Lancashire); Connor Brown (Glamorgan); Ollie Currill (Gloucestershire); Ryan Davies (Somerset); Harry Dearden (Leicestershire); Callum Gregory (Gloucestershire); Lewis Gregory (Somerset); Asher Hart (Hampshire); Rafeh Jafri (Surrey); Oliver Pike (Glamorgan); Jamie Porter (Essex); and James Weighill (Durham)
Reagrding the 2017 intake Matt Maynard said: “We are delighted again to have had such fantastic support from the counties and I’m really looking forward to working with another group as we continue to establish the Tom Maynard Academy as an integral part of the ECB’s and the counties’ player development pathways.
“Desert Springs has excellent facilities for the players to work on their games and on their fitness and we’re pleased again to be partnering with them. We have a great mix of talented players and some very knowledgeable people involved in delivering the programme and I have no doubt it will be of real benefit to the lads involved as they approach pre-season.”