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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Ex-England cricket star in north Cumbria for coaching seminar

Former Ashes hero Simon Jones and ex-Glamorgan favourite Darren Thomas will pass on their vast experience at a conference for coaches from across the county at Penrith next week.

The Cumbria Cricket Coaches Association is hoping to build on the success of an event in 2011 with the county’s homegrown former England star Paul Nixon.

“It went very well last year and it’s something we are looking to run on a six-month basis, to get some specialist coaches in to educate our coaches a little better,” said Cumbria community development officer Marc Brown.

“It’s very important we keep our coaches up to date with the latest techniques, and their clubs will also benefit. Hopefully it will rub off on some future stars.

“Darren has taken over 500 first-class wickets, and we felt we wanted to work on the bowling aspect.

“He’s obviously an experienced bowler who had a first-class career of over 20 years, and he’s working with Glamorgan Academy.

“While Simon played 26 games for England and was a key figure in the 2005 Ashes success. We want to produce some fast bowlers, and spin bowlers as well.”

Club coaches from Carlisle, Penrith, Workington, Whitehaven, Barrow and Kendal are expected to be among 35 who will take part in the conference, which will include a session with Cumbria Under-17s.

Brown added: “The Under-17s have been invited because we feel there’s some potential there. Penrith is the ideal location as it is fairly central and is on the motorway.”

The six-hour conference will start at 12.30pm at Penrith Leisure Centre on Saturday week.

For further details phone Brown on 07895 246999 or go to www.cumbriacricket.co.uk

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