Chappell selected for ECB Pace Programme

Leicestershire CCC is delighted to announce that Zak Chappell is among the promising fast bowlers who have been selected for this winter’s ECB Pace Programme.

The 21-year-old came through Leicestershire’s Academy and has made a highly encouraging start to his career with the Foxes.

Chappell took career-bests with the ball in first-class and List A cricket against Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire respectively during the 2017 season.

The all-rounder previously wrote his name in the club’s record books with an outstanding batting performance. Aged 19, he scored 96 against Derbyshire on debut in 2015, the highest ever score by a Leicestershire number 10 in first-class cricket.

Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive Wasim Khan MBE said: “We are all delighted for Zak, who continued to make excellent progress during the 2017 season. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Zak to learn from two very experienced coaches in Kevin Shine and Matt Mason, as well as his colleagues on the Pace Programme, and it will also allow him to experience bowling in different conditions.”

Chappell is joined by Worcestershire youngsters Josh Tongue and George Scrimshaw, Tom Barber of Middlesex and Paul Walter of Essex – with the more experienced pair of Reece Topley and Jamie Overton to join the Programme as part of their back to bowling schedule following back injuries.

The Programme will be led by Kevin Shine, the ECB’s lead fast bowling coach, and he will be assisted by Matt Mason, the Worcestershire assistant and fast bowling coach.

In addition to the opportunity for warm-weather training in South Africa early next year at the High Performance Institute for Sport at North West University’s Potchefstroom campus, the bowlers will also make two trips to the Desert Springs resort in southern Spain.

After splitting their time between their counties and the Performance Centre through October and November, the Pace Programme will head for Spain from December 9-14, and again from February 27 – March 3, after their return from South Africa.

The Young Lions squad will also hold a three-day camp at Desert Springs next month before travelling to South Africa for a Tri-Series also including Namibia, and the Lions will prepare for their trip to West Indies early next year with a camp in Spain from January 20-25.

The first of the five ECB camps being held in Spain this winter will involve the England Women’s Academy, from October 19-26. England’s Physical Disability team are also planning a camp for next spring.
Pace Programme 2017-18:

Tom Barber (Middlesex), Zak Chappell (Leicestershire), George Scrimshaw (Worcestershire), Josh Tongue (Worcestershire), Paul Walter (Essex). Reece Topley (Hampshire) and Jamie Overton (Somerset) to join Programme as part of their back to bowling programme following injuries.
Pace Programme Schedule:

October 30 – November 3, November 6-10, November 20-24, November 27 – December 1: Performance Centre, Loughborough
December 9-14: Warm weather training camp, Desert Springs
January 3-5, 8-10, 15-17: Performance Centre, Loughborough
January 25 – February 9: Warm weather training camp, Potchefstroom
February 27 – March 3: Warm weather training camp, Desert Springs