LCCC Academy August 2020 Overview
3 New Recruits
August has been a fantastic month for junior cricket. We have had reasonable weather until the last few weeks, good pitches and lots of matchplay opportunities for young cricketers to learn. The under 18s have had numerous games versus Northants, which have resulted in a win, a loss and a rained off T20 game. Fundamentally at the age group levels, winning is not the main priority, teaching people how to make match winning contributions is however crucial.
In most of these games we have had members of the professional staff playing for match practice. This is always a fantastic learning opportunity for young cricketers, to see how professional players go about their business. In the most recent 50 over game against Northants, Hassan Azad, Sam Evans, Alex Evans and Nat Bowley all played.
The most pleasing aspect of this game for me was that we won the game largely thanks to contributions from Leicestershire’s next generation rather than these pros. Hassan and Sam both scored 30 each but it was a fantastic 120 not out from Dylan Church that was the significant match winning innings that we are after from our Academy players.
The innings had all of the things that we encourage from our batsmen here at Leicestershire. It had aggression and the constant desire to keep the scoreboard moving, it had patience and control through more difficult periods, fantastic energetic running between the wickets which put the opposition under constant pressure and it had the hunger and responsibility to bat throughout the innings and not leave the job unfinished for another batsmen.
Prior to this innings I had offered Dylan and two other players a place on our Academy for the remainder of the season and 2021. The ECB and PCA had for the 2020 season placed a cap on academy age groups at under 18, meaning that under 19 cricketers were no longer eligible for County Academies. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, it was clear that cricketers were going to miss out on a year’s development and therefore a decision was made to allow this age cap to be moved to under 19 for the 2021 season. This gave these three lads an opportunity to pursue their dream of being a first-class cricketer for a while longer.
Dylan is a right handed opening batsmen who went to Loughborough Grammar school and plays his club cricket at Newtown Linford. He is a solid opener who likes to drive off the front foot and sweeps spinners very effectively. He reminds me of Paul Collingwood in his stubborn style and his desire to maximise every run off his bat by running between the wickets like his life depends on it. He is also an athletic fielder and astute thinker about the game. He has a place at Exeter University to study Politics which he has deferred for a year in order to give his cricket his undivided attention.
The Second addition to the Academy is Max Law. Max is a tall right arm medium fast bowler and aggressive right handed batsmen. As the son of former Australian batsmen and current Middlesex head coach Stuart Law, Max comes with a good pedigree as a cricketer. He has just finished studying for a BTEC in sport at Yorkshire Cricket College and has played and trained with Leicestershire over the last 2 seasons bowling and batting in an aggressive fashion. I hope he can take his immense potential as a cricketer on at Leicestershire.
Our third new recruit is Pip Jackson, an ex Uppingham school student who has accepted a place at the University of Nottingham to study health sciences and physiotherapy. This allows him to train and play full time with the Academy as he will remain local for his studies. Pip is a tall strong fast medium bowler who hits the wicket hard. He is also a very capable batsmen and athletic fielder having played numerous sports at school which makes him a well-rounded sportsman. He has been opening the bowling for Newtown Linford this season after a number of years where he has struggled with injury. This season he has done really well and hopefully a combination of being very strong in the gym and a slowing down of his growth rate means he is now in a position to really improve on his great talent as a pace bowler.
These three really exciting additions mean we have got lots of work to do. The season being so short leaves us with lots of potential development areas that we are just scratching the surface on. With this in mind, we are planning to go straight back indoors (following government and ECB guidance which we have only recently received) to continue practicing rather than having October off as we usually would. Hopefully making some big development gains in October and November, having a longer Christmas break before coming back for the build up to the pre-season of 2021.
30th July – Leicestershire Under 18s 440 – 6 (50 overs) (Church 97, Raheem Ahmed 77, Bowley 85, Rehan Ahmed 71) beat London Schools 268 -5.
4th Aug Leics U15s 278 – 5 (40 overs) (Begy 90, Royle 73) beat Cambridgeshire U15s 140 all out (Sadiq 3/25, Owen 3/38)
6th Aug Northants Academy 318/8 beat Leics U18s 274 all out (Bowley 84, Rehan Ahmed 53, Pell 41) (45 overs)
6th Aug Cambridgeshire U14s 258/4 beat Leics U14s 143 all out (Dring 44) (45 overs)
12th Aug Nottinghamshire U13s 153 all out (Bandi 4/35, Patel 3/8) beat Leics U13s 45 all out (40 overs)
13th Aug Leics U14s 253/1 (Buchake 138 no, Briggs 42, Dubb 45 no) beat Derbyshire U14s 151 all out (Mason 3/26, Ashwell 3/26) 40 over game
14th Aug Derbyshire Under 18s 187/9 (Norbury 4/31) beat Leics U18s 115 all out (Pell 32) 45 over game
16th Aug Leics U18s 233 all out (Law 53, Church 48) Kegworth CC 1st XI 67/4 match abandoned.
18th Aug Leics U15s 272/4 (Buchake 101, Schofield 69) Derbyshire U15s 14/0 match abandoned
19th Aug Leics U18s 279/3 (Church 120 no, Rehan Ahmed 59 no) beat Northants U18s 254 all out (Raheem Ahmed 3/47) (50 over game)
23rd Aug Lincs U15s 114/9 (Ramji 3/14, Daanyal 3/25) lost to Leics U15s 115/1 (Begy 46 no, Sisodiya 40 no) 45 over match
23rd Aug Notts U14s 258/3 beat Leics U14s 241 all out (Buchake 79, Redmayne 43) (45 overs)
24th Aug Leics U13s 191 all out (Kaushik 47, Green 43) beat Cambs U13s 127 all out (Bandi 3/24, Fitzpatrick 3/2) 40 over game.
27th Aug Warks U18s 156/9 (Jackson 3/37) Leics 42/0 (Patel 26 no) match abandoned. T20 match.
30th Aug Leics U18/Academy 245/8 (S Evans 79, Winder 35) (U Modhwadia 4/47) beat Loughborough Town CC 127 all out (A Evans 3/31, H Dhinsay 3/20). 45 over match