George, Ben and Steve head to Devon

George Bartlett, Ben Green and SCCC Academy Director, Steve Snell visited Devon recently to help deliver a specialist workshop.

Steve outlines what the event entailed.

“We visited Exeter to deliver a workshop designed for Devon’s young cricketers to hone the skills of batting against spin and bowling spin,” he said. “The session explored ways to stay in and score runs against spin for the batters. We also constructed the sessions in a bid to encourage the spin bowlers to explore how to spin the ball big and take wickets.

“We were invited by Devon Pathway Head Coach, Sandy Allen and there were over 25 young players in attendance. George and Ben batted against the Devon spinners and then interacted with the batters and talked them through what they were doing (as they were doing it), explaining the rationale behind why they were doing it.

“From my perspective it was really interesting to listen to them. Since graduating from the Academy both of the players have undertaken a huge amount of personal growth. This was evident to me in the manner, conviction and intelligence with which they spoke. I’m positive that they made a strong connection with the Devon players who will have left the session with some really useful information.

“We also spoke with the Devon spinners about a number of topics including how to create a wicket taking threat in their deliveries. They also got the chance to bowl at Ben and George and test themselves against professional cricketers.

“There were some excellent conversations and discussions throughout the session between the players and all the coaches.

“We’ll be looking to hold a number of similar workshops throughout the region with all of our National County partners and it was great to see our professional players being so engaged and enthused about being involved. It makes such a big difference to any young player to have interactions with professionals.

“There are so many enthusiastic and conscientious individuals involved in Devon Cricket and this event was a great example of how keen they are to further their knowledge.”

Following the event, George Bartlett said: “There’s a good set up in Devon and it was good to be able to face their bowlers and talk to everyone about batting against spin. We have good links with Devon and it’s really important to keep that relationship going. It was great to go down there and help.”

Ben has been working with the Devon age groups over the last few weeks and he is enjoying his time working with the County’s young players.

“It was a really good session and I hope that everyone was able to take something positive away from it,” he said. “George and I demonstrated some of the methods that we use to be successful against spin and then we tried to help them transfer that into their own games.

“The guys all had some really good ideas and it’s great for me from a coaching point of view to see how different sessions are run.”

Sandy Allen, Devon Cricket Pathway and Coaching Manager, said: “Having Steve, Ben and George come down and deliver the session was a fantastic opportunity for the Devon players to watch how the professionals go about their business. They also had the chance to ask them questions, get tips and bowl at them.

“Not many young aspiring players would have access to a session like that. Steve has obviously got a great knowledge around young players and their development and it allowed him to look at our up and coming batters. This, along with his knowledge of coaching batters to play spin bowling was hugely beneficial.”

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