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Alex Hartley runs Age Group spin masterclass

Alex Hartley runs Age Group spin masterclass

The England spinner passed on her wealth of knowledge to the Club's next generation of players over Zoom

Alex Hartley helped deliver a spin bowling masterclass in the latest session for Lancashire’s Age Group players last week.

The ICC Cricket World Cup winner joined the Club’s Head of Women and Girls’ Cricket, Jen Barden, for a comprehensive look at spin bowling.

The pair ran through the basics of spin, coaching points and how to work on techniques as youngsters return to the nets following the ECB’s guidance on recreational net training.

Hartley shared her experiences in becoming one of the leading spin bowlers in women’s cricket, including how she made the transition from a pace bowler to a spinner early in her career.

The 26-year-old also took a question and answer session to close, offering a valuable insight into the mindset and skills of an international bowler.

It is the latest in a number of video calls run by Barden and Lancashire’s Performance Director, Mark Chilton, to engage with the Club’s young cricketers over the last three months.

Other masterclasses have included bowling with Graham Onions, Chilton’s own batting session and fielding with Steven Croft.

Fitness classes have also been running for a number of weeks involving a host of Lancashire players including Keaton Jennings, Rob Jones, Alex Davies, Liam Livingstone and Emma Lamb.

“It was great to have Alex on board to offer her insights into what it takes to succeed at the top level,” Barden reflected.

“It is not every day you get to pick the brains of a Cricket World Cup winner and I’ve no doubt everyone who was involved went away with an enhanced knowledge of spin bowling and how to improve their respective games.

“The online masterclass sessions have been a huge hit so far and it’s credit to both the players for taking the time to pass on their knowledge, but also to our Age Group youngsters for showing the willingness to learn during what has been a tough period without cricket.”

 
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