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Player Diary: Sam Perry part two

Player Diary: Sam Perry part two

Find out what the Lancashire Academy man has been up to this winter

Lancashire Academy batsman Sam Perry is spending his winter overseas in Zimbabwe.

Sam is taking part in a High Performance Programme which is run by former Zimbabwe Cricket captain, Alistair Campbell.

Find out what he's been up to in his second Winter Player Diary...

Hi everyone from my second semester in the beautiful country of Zimbabwe,

Following the Christmas break, fitness training started straight away with gym sessions early every morning, followed by six hours of cricket throughout the day. The standard of cricket has improved over the few months I have been here, as the Alistair Campbell Academy programme has started to broaden, playing against more franchise teams across Zimbabwe.

Recently the team travelled to Mutare for a full week of matches, playing against The Mountaineers team. Firstly I captained for the two-day match, was pleased to get 72 runs, but more importantly a win, bowling out the opposition twice. Following that we went on to win a 40 over match, and then a T20. We were fortunate to be staying in a lovely lodge in the hills, called La Rochelle.

The coaching by Gary Brent has been excellent. After all the technical and physical work done behind the scenes it was great to win against a First Class side with wins across both white ball and red ball cricket. The experience of playing and competing against First Class sides has given me confidence in my game, an eye opener into playing First Class cricket which not only tests your technique, but also your temperament at the crease. It was played in sunshine and an amazing backdrop of mountains surrounding the pitch.

We have trips now planned to Bullawayo, kwe Kwe and Victoria Falls. Travelling has allowed the team to experience different wickets, different climates and temperature, and playing against the other franchise teams, including several players from the national team. 

Recently there has been political unrest and conflict in Zimbabwe, over big rises in fuel prices. There were three days when people were told to stay away from work and school.

I personally didn't see any conflict, but was aware, and we discussed it as a team.

Away from cricket we are also getting to do some coaching with young children, working towards coaching qualifications, and also getting some conservation experience.

I am really grateful to have this opportunity to be out here and I am gaining a lot out of this experience before I return to Lancashire for the busy summer ahead.

Best wishes,

Sam Perry

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