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Wisbech youngster's taste of first class action

Northants CCC Academy player and Wisbech Town cricket club’s opening bowler George Gowler enjoyed a special day on April 11 when he fielded as 12th man in a first class match for his county against Kent, writes Stephen Wallis.

The county had given an opportunity each day to an Academy member to carry out the 12th man duties to give them experience of the professional game, and George’s chance came on day four.

“It was a really good experience for me and I had a really good day. It was amazing to be out there,” said George

George Gowler in action (46335080)
George Gowler in action (46335080)

He was on the field for five overs in the afternoon when England player Zak Crawley was batting for Kent. “I wasn’t too nervous because I had been around them all day when the side were batting,” said George.

The LV County Championship match, Northants’ first of the season, ended in draw.

George started his spell at the Academy in early January and is now training twice a week.

The weekly sessions include batting, bowling, fielding and gym work but George has also had zoom sessions about diet, gambling and anti doping.

“It has been really hard as we missed two months of training in November and December, so they have really upped the intensity and workloads of the running and gym sessions. I have been training twice a week with a six hour and a four hour session. I think I have progressed a lot,” said George.

He has been able to keep with his studies at Wisbech Grammar School by catching up with some zoom sessions.

George was due to play his first game for the academy against Overstone CC on Saturday.

Youth cricket

Wisbech Town Cricket Club has a taster evening for its Futures Development programme this week.

Children can have a taster session with their age groups at U9,U11,U13 & U15 level from 6pm to 7.30pm while parents can sign them up and have a drink, as the bar is open.

The eight-week All Stars and Dynamos programme starts on Friday, May 28, 5.45pm to 6.30pm for five to eight-year-olds (All Stars) and 6pm to 7pm for eight to 11-year-olds (Dynamos).

The Junior Development Programme is running U9, U11, U13 and U15 teams, with training sessions on Sundays, 9.30am to 11.30am, beinginning this Sunday. There will also be an U9 softball session on a Sunday morning.

Information will be out shortly on the Community Cricket Week and on skills development camps.

For more information: email juniors.wtcc@gmail.com

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