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Lancashire Cricket Academy intake 2019

Lancashire Cricket Academy intake 2019

Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce its Academy intake for 2019.

The Academy, led by former Lancashire off-spinner Gary Yates, will consist of 13 players, with seven new players joining the current Academy crop of George Balderson, Sam Perry, Ed Fluck, Jamie Crawley, Jack Morley and Sam Dorsey.

Boys Academy 2019:

  • George Bell (Alderley Edge CC, right handed wicket keeper batsman. Manchester Grammar School)
  • Ali Chughtai (Monton CC, left handed batsman. Stockport Grammar School)
  • JJ Fielding (Ramsbottom CC, left handed batsman. Woodhey High School)
  • Robert Lord (Clifton CC, right arm fast bowler, right handed batsman. Myerscough College)
  • Subhaan Mahmood (Cheadle CC, left handed batsman, right arm leg-spinner. Parrs Wood High School)
  • Praharsh Parikh (Winton CC, right arm off-spinner, right handed batsman. Bolton School)
  • Finlo Smith (Rainford CC, right handed batsman, right arm seam bowler. Ramsey Grammar School)

The Academy squad, along with their parents, came together for an induction in The Pavilion at Emirates Old Trafford last week, after undergoing fitness testing with Lancashire’s Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom Webster as well as medicals with the Club’s doctors. 

First Team Assistant Coach Mark Chilton and Second XI Head Coach Chris Benbow are also part of the Academy winter support staff, along with support from Head Coach Glen Chapple and players Steven Croft and Graham Onions. The squad will meet up twice a week prior to Christmas, increasing to three sessions per week in the New Year. 

Academy Director, Gary Yates said, “To maximise the chances of an Academy player reaching the top it's very important that our programme is tailored to what each individual requires. Moving forward the players have to deal with high competition, working outside of their comfort zones and constantly being challenged. Furthermore we are encouraging basics at pace.

“Our role is to set up difficult scenarios and support the players throughout the process. The reward is that the individual will develop both as a leader of himself and of other teammates. With continued development we hope many of the players will have an opportunity to play Second XI cricket next season.

"We have selected players from 16-19 years old who have performed and progressed over the last 12 months. There are 13 players currently selected onto this year’s Academy including seven new players.  There are a couple more players from our EPP group who have had successful county seasons and are pushing to be included in the Academy set-up.”

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