My journey to Sri LankaMy cricket journey and trip to Sri Lanka
I started playing cricket from around the age of 10 when I joined an after-school club. As soon as bowled my first ball, I knew this was the sport for me. I started playing for a local club where I listened to the coaches, took advice from the more experienced players and trained hard. Never a day went by without me having a ball or bat in my hand – being a left arm bowler, it was (and still is) usually a ball.
I was over the moon when I tried out for Staffs under 13’s and got through to district. Training was hard, especially being in a new environment but worth every minute. Even though the training was intense at times, I really enjoyed the challenge. It wasn’t all about standing in nets batting and bowling, it was about learning new and better ways to improve by being shown more technical skills. My confidence grew because the coaches were so supportive on and off the field. I took on extra training with Staffs Coaches John Shenton, Jason Brown and Shaun Rashid as I was determined to be the best I could be, and they have now become great friends.
For the next 2 years I played district with a great bunch of cricketers and continued to grow in ability and confidence. I broke in to the Under 17’s County at the age of 15/16. The Staffs training sessions involved fitness, speed and strength training. I spent time with Malcom Millward, who worked me hard through the winter preparing me for my first season. We worked on different grips and ways of releasing the ball, which has helped me to improve my bowling.
Before the start of the season, I was asked to take part in some additional training at Denstone College with Warwickshire CCC, who are partnered with Staffs CCC. This is where I first met Paul Greetham (the Elite Cricket Development Manager).
I was having a good season up until my unfortunate accident during one of the Staffs games in August. My broken collarbone injury put me out of action for the last few matches of the season and I was gutted when I was unable to play for my club team, Audley and especially gutted as I was about to play a Warwickshire Under 19’s game the following day against Yorkshire.
Even though I couldn’t finish the season, I was determined to come back stronger once I was ready to start training again. I was really chuffed when I attended the Staffs Presentation Evening and received the coaches Award. I was extremely proud when my name was called for this award.
Thanks to Bob Askey (the Staffs Performance Pathway Manager) all the coaches and Paul Greetham, I started training with Warwickshire as a part of the Emerging Players Programme. The training sessions are slightly different as there are other elements incorporated. These include: dietary information, gym sessions and mindful sessions as well as batting, bowling and fitness/speed sessions.
I couldn’t believe it when I was asked by Paul Greetham if I would like to travel to Sri Lanka with Warwickshire CCC. This was an amazing opportunity for me, and I was thrilled to be asked to take part in this tour. Whilst there, we played 3 tough 50 over games against local teams in immense heat and humidity. We also had a number of training sessions, which at times were really difficult to manage because of the heat. After getting used to the conditions, I continued to work hard which payed off when I played my part within the team and got four wickets and assisted in a run out. The team was made up of a great bunch of lads - all supportive and great to be around. This was an incredible experience – one that I will never forget.
I am now in my second year with Staffs Under 17’s and have also been training with the Staffordshire 2nd team alongside training with The EPP at Warwickshire preparing for the upcoming season and enjoying every minute.
My latest news (which I am extremely excited about) is that I have now been asked, on 5th March, to join the Warwickshire Academy. I cannot express how proud I am to be a part of the Academy and I am determined to work hard and always put 100% effort into everything I do.
Posted on Wednesday 27th March 2019, in Latest News