Matt’s age group master classes
Despite the majority of our players being away from the County Ground at present, there is still plenty to do for Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard.
This week Matt has been working with the Somerset age groups and running special batting masterclasses and one on one sessions alongside the Somerset Cricket Board Head Coach Greg Kennis. “It was great to see such a wide range of talent from the under 11′s all the way up to the under 17′s,” said Matt. “I’m really keen to get the coaching staff and players involved in sessions like this and I really enjoyed the two days. In the future it would be good to get the senior players working in these sessions because the young guys will relate even more to them than they will do to me because they aspire to be where the current players are now.
“The age groups are something that are hugely important to this Club and we want to develop as much young talent as we can. If we can have a 1st XI out with eight players coming from our area, that can only be a positive thing and will give hope to the youngsters coming through our system. It shows that you can go on to play first class cricket at Somerset and maybe even beyond.
Matt Continued: “Greg Kennis and Matt Counsell, along with the rest of the Cricket Board, work very hard to make sure that the age group programmes are as good as they can possibly be. It’s important that we continue to be proactive within the community in order to get more and more players involved at this level. The more players you have to chose from, the more chance you have of uncovering the highly skilled ones.”
Somerset Cricket Board Head Coach Greg Kennis was delighted that Matt got involved. “To have Matt running these batting masterclasses was fantastic,” he said. “The age group players will have learned an awful lot over the two days. Matt is a great coach and he took the time to speak to everyone here to give them the benefit of his expertise. Getting players and staff from the first team squad involved in sessions like these can only help the players develop and hopefully we can do something similar again soon.”