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Somerset strengthening links with Devon and Cornwall

Somerset CCC Performance Analyst and Academy Bowling coach, Andrew Griffiths has been spending a good deal of his time in Devon and Cornwall recently.

As well as being Somerset’s 1st XI Performance Analyst, Andrew is also a fast bowling coach who works with several of the team’s First XI players as well as supporting the coaching needs on the Somerset Pathway.

With this in mind, Andrew has been using his expertise to help carry out a number of bowling workshops in both Devon and Cornwall as he explained when we spoke to him recently.

“I’ve been working with several of the seamers from each of their age groups, from under 12s up to under 17s,” he said. “I think this working relationship suits everyone concerned. From our point of view, we’ve seen the strengths of the Potential Somerset Player Programme (PSPP), which provides a route in to our environment for young players from Devon, Cornwall and the surrounding area. You just need to look at the likes of Lewis Goldsworthy, who’s doing really well for the England under 19s at the moment. He’s from Cornwall, he came through the PSPP and then through to the Academy and now he’s getting international recognition. There are also examples of players going through that system and making it on to the pro staff too.

“To be able to deliver these programmes across our neighbouring counties is incredibly valuable when it comes to seeing the talent coming through their pathways. We want to be working in partnership with those counties and assisting them to upskill their young players.

“It’s vital that we work closely with our neighbouring counties to ensure that the best talent in the whole of the South West makes its way on to our Pathway. Those relationships are vital and the facilities and support in both Devon and Cornwall are brilliant. There are some really good programmes being run down there and the players that we are seeing are a testament to that. I got the chance to work with some really talented and driven young players, and hopefully we will eventually be able to help them to achieve their goal of playing First Class cricket.

“It’s brilliant for us to have these collaborative links so that players within our system can also gain valuable competitive development opportunities by playing for Devon or Cornwall in the Senior Minor Counties competitions.

“We have to be the County that these talented young players are aspiring to play for and it’s down to us to make sure that we are getting out there and doing all we can to ensure that these young players are getting additional support from us. I think we are really seeing the benefit of these relationships now with the likes of Lewis and the rest of the talented young cricketers that we currently have on the PSPP.”

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