Berkswell Cricket Club is celebrating the success of six of its’ youngsters following their selection into Warwickshire’s 2013 Development of Excellence Squads for their respective age groups. The boys – Alfie Blundell, Awais Mohammed, Ahmed Mohammed, Abdul Khan, Charlie Hargreaves and Mitch Eley – follow in the footsteps of Berkswell’s 20 year old Tom Milnes who signed a three year deal with the senior squad at the end of the 2012 season to top off a phenomenal year for the Meeting House Lane Club.
The Meeting House Lane club attributes the boys success to much hard work by the lads thesmelves and valuable input from coaching consultancy Complete Cricket, who gave the boys access to professional cricketers such as Jim Troughton, Ian Westwood, Alan Richardson and Neil Carter, plus Berkswell’s very own Warwickshire batting legend Dominic Ostler. Berkswell’s Youth Cricket Chairman Richard Blundell picks up the story as follows:
“The announcement has come as a great reward for some very hard work and commitment during the Autumn with the Complete Cricket Academy, whose top Coaches have proven their worth developing cricketers to be successful at gaining representative cricket honours at all age groups.”
The successes have come at a range of age groups starting with the youngest, Richard’s own son Alfie Blundell who won his way into the Under 10 Development of Excellence Squad through a tough series of qualifying sessions as Richard explains:
“The process has been very tough on Alfie – with no less than 5 Trials at Edgbaston and the process started with over 250 potential players and the final 13 have been selected.
“Alfie can’t wait to put his new developed skills into matches in the Summer for Berkswell and Warwickshire. His Cricketing Idol is Jimmy Anderson and Alfie has been developed by Complete Cricket’s Alan Richardson and Neil Carter into an aggressive quick opening bowler! His hard hitting batting style has also been worked on extensively by [Dominic] Ostler, [Jim] Troughton and [Ian] Westwood and they expect to see his destructive style produce significant runs during the summer.”
It’s clear that Berkswell’s recent tie-up with Complete Cricket Academy – run by David Smith and Jamie Spires – is already bearing fruit with these recent successes, as Alfie Blundell testifies:
“I have attended the Complete Cricket Academy since September – and since I started I have really enjoyed the challenges set by the coaches. My favorite part of the Academy is batting against the Bowling Machine with Jim Troughton, Dom Ostler and Ian Westwood. I have to say a massive thank you to all the Coaches as they are brilliant. The other part of the academy I have enjoyed is bowling at the older boys as this was a big challenge for me and helped improve my bowling. Fielding and fitness is a big part as well and we have just completed a Bleep Test – Coach Jamie Spires has been teasing us about this Test for some weeks so am glad that it is now out of the way, until the New Year. The facilities are excellent, and the whole experience so far is amazing. I cant wait until the summer arrives to put what i have learnt into our matches.”
Berkswell’s youth winter coaching programme with Complete Cricket opens up to new players in the new year. Any youngsters interested in getting involved should write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Berkswell’s complete crop of Warwickshire Development of Excellence Squad entrants for 2013 is as follows:
Under 10 – Alfie Blundell
Under 11 – Awais Mohammed
Under 14 – Ahmed Mohammed
Under 16 – Charlie Hargreaves
Under 16 – Abdul Khan
Under 16 – Mitch Eley