Camps signal approach of new cricket season

CRICKET season has already officially started for some representative players following  camps held at Farrer over the school holidays.

Matt Everett (left) and James Psarakis are just two local boys at a two-day Emerging Blues cricket camp finishing up at Farrer today.  Photo: Barry Smith 110714BSB01

Matt Everett (left) and James Psarakis are just two local boys at a two-day Emerging Blues cricket camp finishing up at Farrer today. Photo: Barry Smith 110714BSB01

A Northern Inland session was held a fortnight ago followed by a two-day NSW Cricket Emerging Blues Academy finishing today.

NSW U17 and U19 coach Michael MacLennan was at the helm and former shield cricketer Grant Lambert was also in attendance.

Lambert was particularly looking at the players’ techniques, with a whole range of assistant coaches focused on different aspects of the game.

The boys, aged from 13 to 19 years old, were selected for the development camp in a similar set-up on the Easter long weekend.

One of the selectors and regional coaches, Tony Meppem, said the camps were designed to get the boys ready for the representative cricket season, which kicks off on the October long weekend.

“There are boys here from Maitland to Moree,” Meppem said.

“We do a range of skills, techniques and fitness at this time of year.”

MacLennan wasn’t going easy on the boys either, finishing the day with a 2km time trial.

They will do another lot of fitness testing today, with another 2km time trial included.

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