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Lancashire Cricket announces its Academy intake for 2020

Lancashire Cricket announces its Academy intake for 2020

Lancashire Cricket Academy intake 2020

Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce its Academy intake for the 2020 season.

The Academy, led by former Lancashire off-spinner Gary Yates, will consist of 10 players next summer, with six first year players joining JJ Fielding, Praharsh Parikh, George Bell and Subhaan Mahmood who are now in their second year in the Academy.

Boys Academy intake 2020:

  • Harry Singh U16 - Woodbank CC/Clitheroe Royal Grammar School (RH batsman/RA off spin)
  • Alec McLoughlin U16 - Northern CC/Merchant Taylors Crosby (RA quick bowler/RH batsman)
  • Matthew Hurst U16 - Newton Le Willows CC/Byrchall High School (wicket keeper/RH batsman)
  • Luke Young U17 - Hyde CC/Myerscough College (LH batsman/LA seam bowler)
  • Josh Boyden U16 - Wigan CC/Parklands High School (LA seam bowler/LH batsman)
  • Tom Aspinwall U16 - Kendal CC/Sedbergh School (RH batsman/RA seam bowler)

The Academy squad came together for an induction in The Pavilion at Emirates Old Trafford recently, after undergoing fitness testing with Lancashire’s Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom Webster. 

Winter training has since commenced in the Trafford Cricket Centre, with the players attending three times a week prior to Christmas, with additional sessions held in the New Year.

Performance Director Mark Chilton, Second XI Head Coach Chris Benbow and Performance Coaches, Steve Titchard and Karl Krikken, are also part of the Academy winter support staff, along with First Team players Graham Onions and Steven Croft.

Academy Director Gary Yates said: “Congratulations to the new intake of players on their selection. It's very important that our programme is tailored to each individual’s skill requirements. This maximises the chances of an Academy player reaching the highest levels of the game.

“With the amount of international and county first-class cricket now on offer, along with the introduction of The Hundred, there will be more opportunity at the top level for our county pathway players.

“To move forward quickly, the Academy players must deal with high competition, often working outside of their comfort zones and constantly being challenged. We want our players to become intelligent cricketers, always express themselves, but remain grounded. We need them to embrace and enjoy the whole experience.

“Our Academy programme stands for high challenge and high support. The reward for the player is that the individual will develop as a leader of himself and of other teammates.

"Since it was recently announced that the maximum age for a national county Academy player is restricted to 18-years-old, we have gone ahead and selected a younger set of promising players.

“There are 10 players currently selected onto this year’s Academy, including six new players. There are more players from our Emerging Player Programme (EPP) and County Age Group (CAG) teams who have had a successful county season and some of these players will get opportunities to be included in the Academy set-up.”

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