LCCC Academy Overview – September 2020
“Ba de ya, say do you remember, Ba de ya, dancing in September, Ba da ya, never was a cloudy day!!” Earth, Wind and Fire.
September arrived and luckily the weather held reasonably fair! All plans to continue the season throughout September looked ominous at the back end of August when storm Aiden battered sightscreens and benches around the county. However, we mustered through. The weather turned very cold, evenings drew shorter but we continued to practice our cricket and play matches.
The support we received from clubs, throughout the season, was outstanding but, it would be amiss of me not to mention the support we received from our own ground staff. Andy and his team provided the under 18 cricketers with fantastic grass net wickets through September and we used the outfield regularly for fielding. This could easily go unappreciated and unnoticed, but I must stress that without good practice surfaces, it is very hard to produce good cricketers.
Our net surfaces are the best in the country and one of our greatest assets. The Academy having access to these is such a wonderful opportunity and a benefit that very few other county cricket clubs can match. Andy and, particularly Simon, have as much to do with Leicestershire County Cricket Club developing future talent as anyone and I thank them for their ongoing support this season.
Despite the season being relatively short, we as coaching staff crammed in 47 days of cricket between July 23, and September 20 across all age groups. In total, 31 fixtures were played against other counties or Premier League clubs with 16 organised practice sessions.
In what was a short space of time, we felt that we still managed to learn a lot about the players and provided valuable opportunities to them to continue to learn and develop as players.
As a staff, we are currently working through the end of season player reviews and appraisals and planning for the winter ahead. The landscape of what is possible is changing daily but, our hope is that we can start indoor training in November.
Pre-Christmas, the older players will be developing their fitness and working on technical aspects of their cricket. Much of our work with the age group players will be done in relevant skillset courses for batting, pace bowling, spin bowling and wicket keeping in order to focus on more specifics of their main cricketing skill. My desire is that “most” players receive roughly one quality cricket session per week through this period.
I feel that the period up until Christmas is cricket’s “off-season” and by putting on too much cricket we prevent our youngest players from playing other sports and developing their athletic capabilities. Therefore, some of our youngest players (under 12/13/14) may not get any specific cricket before Christmas with the county and we encourage them to play a multitude of other sports as it will have a greater benefit than another indoor net session.
In order to assist in this athletic development, we are looking at providing fielding/athletic movement sessions and designated strength and conditioning sessions running alongside the skill set courses. These will be encouraged for ALL of our age group players from November until Christmas.
Our age group squads will then join together in January for their pre-season training block of 10/12 weeks.
Ali Maiden - Head of Talent Pathway
1st Sept - Leicestershire U12 107/5 beat Bedfordshire U12 106 all out by 5 wkts. At Eaton Socon CC, 40 overs.
3rd Sept - Leicestershire U13s beat Stamford school.
3rd Sep - Leicestershire U18s 144/2 (Buchake 56 no) beat Newtown Linford CC 140/6 (Bowley 3/27). T20 at Newtown Linford CC.
6th Sept - Leicestershire U13s 103 all out (Laud 29) beat Cambs U13s 99 all out (J Fitzpatrick 4/18, C Smith 3/13) by 4 runs, 40 overs.
6th Sept - Leicestershire U18s 283/5 (Church 112, S Bates 80 no) beat Notts U18s by 47 runs 236/8, (Dhinsay 3/37) at Lady Bay Sports Ground, 50 overs.
6th Sept - Leicestershire U12s 60 all out beat Bedfordshire U12s 68 all out (T Edwards 4/13) at Kibworth CC, 30 overs.
13th Sept - Leicestershire U18s 157 all out, lost to Notts U18s 158/4 by 6 wkts and Leicestershire U18s 142 all out (A Patel 51) lost to Notts U18s by 47 runs 189 all out (U Modhwadia 4/18) in 2 x T20 at Kegworth CC.
13th Sept - Leicestershire U15s 156 all out (Johnson 35, Wood 31) lost to Worcs U15s 188 for 9 by 32 runs at Old Hill CC, 40 overs.
13th Sept - Leicestershire U12s 107/5 beat Bedfordshire U12s 106 all out by 5 wkts at Eaton Socon CC, 40 overs
19th Sept - Leicestershire U18s 163 all out (O Winder 52) lost to Newtown Linford CC 167/3 (S Bates 60, D Church 59 no) by 7 wickets at Newtown Linford CC, 40 overs.
20th Sept - Leicestershire U14/15 beat Uppingham School at Uppingham School, 50 overs.
20th Sept - Leicestershire U16s 184 all out (A McNulty 93) lost to Warwickshire U15s 302 for 6 by 118 runs at Shepshed CC, 45 overs.
20th Sept - Leicestershire U18s 243/9 (Layslaught 57, Montgomerie 46) lost to Rothley CC 244/1 by 9 wkts , 40 overs at Rothley CC.