Lancashire Academy duo to winter abroad
Perry and Crawley to spend winter overseas
Lancashire Academy players Sam Perry and Jamie Crawley will spend their winter overseas as they continue their development.
Perry will travel to Zimbabwe to take part in a High Performance Programme under the tutelage of former Zimbabwe Cricket Captain, Alistair Campbell.
The four-month core programme, from November to February, will provide both local and international aspiring young cricketers with an opportunity to take the ‘next step.’ Life skills, community work and media training will all compliment a world class cricket experience, as well as the opportunity to play First Class cricket.
The 18 year-old right handed top order batsman, who has just completed his A-Levels at Manchester Grammar School, made his debut for Lancashire Second XI this summer, hitting 42 against Nottinghamshire at Liverpool CC.
Academy team mate Crawley will play grade cricket in Perth at Claremont Nedlands Cricket Club.
Crawley, also 18, enjoyed a productive 2018 season and his performances saw him selected to represent an England Invitational XI against South Africa in July, scoring an unbeaten 23 while batting at number three in a rain affected fixture.
Lancashire’s Director of Cricket, Paul Allott said, “We are delighted that both Sam and Jamie will spend their winters abroad, developing as players and individuals. I am very keen for our young players to broaden their range of experience and playing abroad is a fantastic way of doing exactly that.
“Alistair Campbell played 60 Tests and over 100 One-Day Internationals for Zimbabwe and the experiences that he will be able to pass on to Sam will be invaluable.
“Whilst for Jamie, playing grade cricket in Australia will provide him with a new challenge at an important stage of his career as he works towards a professional contract.”
Following their winter programmes, the pair will return to Emirates Old Trafford where they will train with the professional squad and compete for places in the Second XI.
Academy Director, Gary Yates added, “We have been delighted with the performances of Sam and Jamie over the last two years in the Academy set-up. I’m looking forward to tracking their progress throughout the winter.
“The skills that they will develop as both young cricketers and as young people will shape them for the rest of their career.”
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