Player Diary: George Lavelle
George Lavelle, Lancashire Academy’s wicket-keeper batsman, is spending his winter down under in Sydney as part of the International Cricket Programme Academy – an Elite training programme and club placement for professional cricketers seeking a season in Australia.
The 18-year-old checks in with the first of his winter player diaries…
I landed in Sydney at the start of October and have really enjoyed my first few weeks in Australia, even if the weather has been more similar to what it has been back home than the 30c I was expecting. The jet lag has worn off which is helpful as I’m not sure how long a sleep pattern from 3pm - 3am would have been useful!
My club out here, North Sydney, have been great with me. They’re a brilliant set of lads and have helped me to settle into both my cricket and the city itself, with a few of the lads showing me the tourist attractions that Sydney has on offer. Also, Toby Lester is playing at the same club as me over here, so it’ll be good to have him around when he flies out.
For the first 10 weeks while I’m here I’m involved with the International Cricket Programme Academy which runs throughout the week. We’ve been training hard pretty much every day and the standards are really good with a lot of other young county Second XI and First Team lads from around England.
I’ve only managed to play one senior game so far unfortunately as the last two weeks have been washed out. We played against Randwick-Petersham and were in a good position to chase down their score of 223, before we were cut short by what was possibly the heaviest thunderstorm I’ve ever seen and ended up losing by 14 runs on Duckworth-Lewis.
Outside of the cricket, when the sun has come out we’ve managed to embrace the Aussie lifestyle and get down to the beaches at Coogee, Bondi and Manly which are all great spots and I’ve also been able to play some golf over here on some nice courses which is always good!
I’ve been told that there are a few more places round and about which I need to visit while I’m here so I’ll hopefully be mentioning a bit more about them in my next update.