Middleton’s colts cricket boosted by Lord’s Taverners

Brian Towner, chief coach at Middleton Cricket Club with the new Junior Bowling machine Picture by Kate Shemilt C130814-2
Brian Towner, chief coach at Middleton Cricket Club with the new Junior Bowling machine Picture by Kate Shemilt C130814-2

Middleton Cricket Club have developed their youth activities and now offer coaching to about 50 young players aged seven to 14.

Teams have been entered at under-nine, ten, 11 and 12 level into west area leagues and the sides include a number of girls.

Cricket at many different standards is offered, starting with under-nine soft-ball pairs, progressing to hard-ball cricket.

Many Middleton youngsters represent the west area and the county. A number of girls have been selected to represent county age-group teams.

The girls play in mixed teams with the boys but the aim is to increase participation and develop a girls’ team.

The club have an initiative to develop girls’ and disability cricket and the Lord’s Taverners have made a generous grant to enable the club to develop it.

The grant has been used to purchase coaching equipment, including a new Bola Ball feeder and batting coaching mats.

The presentation took place when the equipment was demonstrated on a junior training night.

Brian Towner, head development coach, said: “We are very grateful to the Lord’s Taverners for this generous donation. The equipment will enable the coaches to offer a top-quality fun coaching environment and help us to increase the opportunities to more players, particularly those with disabilities. “Already the equipment is being well-used by the junior section. We look forward to welcoming more players to the club.”

The club are offering a summer coaching scheme at the Sea Lane ground, running form Monday, August 5 to Thursday 8 from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

They welcome any girls in school Year 4, 5 or 6 to try cricket. The Coaching will be led by Brian Towner, assisted by club coaches.

For more, see http://middletoncolts.wordpress.com or email brian.towner@btinternet.com