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Academy cricketers off to India

The young cricketers involved with the Somerset Academy and Potential Somerset Player Programme (PSPP) are off to a cricket camp in Mumbai next week.

Ahead of the trip Academy Director, Steve Snell said: “I’m really looking forward to that trip, which is one we have run for the last three years.

“The contact time it gives our batters and bowlers to go and practice on grass surfaces at this time of the year is invaluable, and it’s something we can’t offer in Taunton in February.

“Culturally it’s a great experience for the players and what it offers them on a wider development scale as individuals is unquantifiable. India is a cricket-mad country with a real passion for the game, which is almost matched by the love for cricket in the South West!

“We are certainly looking forward to getting out there and, apart from one player, none of the group have been to India before. I think that first impact of the trip on the young players is really powerful.”

Steve went on: “What we have organised this year is to provide the opportunity for some coach development. As part of our partnership with Devon Cricket, Sandy Allen, who is the Pathway Head Coach for the  Devon Cricket Board, is coming with us as an assistant coach. This is a great opportunity for him to develop and add his coaching expertise to our group.

“Alex Barrow, who is of course a former Somerset player and one of our part time Academy coaches, will also be coming with us on the trip. Alex has made an excellent impression during his time working with the Academy in connection with his work at King’s Hall School.

“This is a huge opportunity for both of these coaches to experience a cricket mad culture and to expand their experience and knowledge base of playing in differing conditions.”

The group will be heading to the same venue that the Academy has been to in Mumbai for the last three years.

“It’s a well trodden path and we have got some good connections out there,” said Steve. “I cant wait to get back out there and live cricket for a couple of weeks and challenge and further develop our young players in some tough conditions.”

Devon Cricket Development Manager, Matt Theedom said: “This is an amazing opportunity for Sandy to further his coaching knowledge and experience.  It will be massively beneficial for him and Devon, so we thank Steve for extending the offer to him.

“It’s also brilliant to have Alex, Captain of the Devon 1st XI and one of Devon Cricket Academy Coaches, on the trip.”

The group of players consisting of Henry Smeed, Jamie Baird, Josh Thomas, George Thomas, Max Toohey, Charlie Sharland, James Rew and Max Horton will return from Mumbai on February 22nd.

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