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Somerset strengthening ties with Cornwall

Somerset County Cricket Club are continuing to build on the existing strong relationships that we have with our neighbouring counties.

The latest example of this has seen SCCC Fielding Coach, Paul Tweddle deliver a workshop at The Cornish Cricket Centre at Truro College.

Regarding the session, Paul said: “My recent visit to Cornwall was mainly to help up-skill the coaches and spread the word on fielding,” he said. “It was also good to get to spend some time with their Emerging Player Program Players, who were active in the sessions.”

“The link that Somerset has with Cornwall is really good and it’s getting stronger day by day. We work closely together on the pathway as well because there are a number of Cornish players involved.”

Paul is no stranger to working in Cornwall as he explained.

“I’ve been going down to deliver sessions in Cornwall for a few years now. I first started going down there to see Lewis Goldsworthy a few years ago when he was recruited on to the Potential Somerset Player Programme.

“Since then I’ve kept in touch with Chris Hunkin, who is Performance Development Manager for Cornwall, who runs the youth pathway in the County.”

How important is it that Somerset work closely with their near neighbours who play in the Minor Counties?

“It’s vital that we develop really strong links with our Minor County partners in the region,” he said. “Cornwall is a massive area with good and strong clubs, so it’s very important that we keep on developing this link and making it stronger.”

Lewis Goldsworthy, who hails from St Austell in Cornwall, has blazed the trail for others to follow. After becoming part of the Potential Somerset Player Programme he progressed onto the Somerset Academy and has just enjoyed a successful tour of Bangladesh with the England Under 19s.

Regarding Lewis’ progress, Paul said: “Lewis has been having a great time of it and transitioned through the pathway really quickly. He’s earned his right at every stage and has recently represented England Under 19s on tour.”

Looking to the future Paul said: “I will hopefully revisit this activity down in Cornwall during the summer as well as running fielding workshops.

“Hopefully I will get to see some games and try to develop some fielding monitoring when their summer programme begins. Things are going along well and the link between us is really strong, but we can always do more.”

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