The Lancashire Cricket Board is urging young players from the Asian community to enter their 2017 Talent Search.
Players must must be aged between 16 and 21 (21 or younger as of the 1st January 2017) and be resident here in the UK.
In the first instance players will need to book on to one of the Talent ID sessions running through April and the LCB will be looking to signpost players into further recreational cricket opportunities and where appropriate into 5 teams to take part in the Lancashire county’s LCB City Cup competition during July and August 2017.
From these competitions selection of a squad of players will be carried out to represent Lancashire in the ECB City Cup during late August into September.
LCB’s 2016 programme was hugely successful in a number of ways. Over 100 players took part in the trial and selection process and everyone enjoyed an exciting Lancashire T20 Competition.
Team Manchester went on to win the ECB City Cup to be crowned national champions late last summer, beating South London at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road, Leicestershire.
A number of players identified through this programme were used as ‘practice’ bowlers for the international players during the England v Pakistan Test Match at Emirates Old Trafford, which was a fantastic experience for all involved.
Another success was a fixture in late August against the Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Academy, an opportunity for our players to showcase their skills against a strong young Academy squad.
Outside of the programme, players were able to discuss their cricket needs with the LCB who provided advice and support of linking with and joining local cricket clubs.
James Cutt, Clubs and Leagues Officer for the Lancashire Cricket Board, said, “I’m really pleased to be able to launch details of this year’s talent search, leading to City Cup. The legacy of this programme continues to grow in Lancashire and the ECB have placed significant emphasis in 2017 both in terms of growth and Talent ID.
“This year will see sessions run in Manchester, Blackburn, Preston, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Rochdale and for the first time in Liverpool.”
Sessions will be run during the following dates, times and venues:
Blackburn College (Fielden Street, Blackburn, BB2 1LH)
Moor Park Preston (Moor Park Avenue, Preston, PR1 6LR)
Total Cricket – Ashton-Under-Lyne (Oxford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 0RE)
10th or 12th April
Emirates Old Trafford - Manchester (Indoor Cricket Centre, Manchester, M16 0PX)
St Margaret’s College - Liverpool (Aigburth Road, Liverpool, L17 6AB)
Rochdale Leisure Centre (Entwistle Road, Rochdale, OL16 2HZ)
Text 07595 520536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide date of birth, where you live and if you play for a club (club name) and most importantly which trial you want to book on.
All participants are required to bring their own cricket equipment and must be a resident of the United Kingdom as of 1st January 2017.