The search for raw bowling talent is on across Ireland

Most Viewd

Brian Adam
Professional Blogger, V logger, traveler and explorer of new horizons.

MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 30 September 2019

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland has released details of six bowling sessions aimed to uncover raw bowling talent, inviting boys and girls between 13 and 18 years of age to register their interest in attending and showing their bowling skills in front of national talent pathway coaches.

Over the last decade Cricket Ireland has been investing in the development and continual improvement of its talent pathway and performance systems across Ireland. In 2013 the relaunched men’s Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Series provided impetus for the men’s side of the game, while the launch of the Toyota Super 3s Series did the same for women. In 2014 the Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Academy was established and in 2018 a restructure in the national youth pathway saw new roles created, one of which was the National Talent Pathway Manager & Coach.

Cricket Ball in nets
A Cricket Ball in nets!

The 39-year old former Ireland international, Albert van der Merwe was appointed to the role in April 2019. Van der Merwe had played 21 times for Ireland between 2010 and 2012. A right-arm off-spinner, he claimed 40 wickets at an average of 22.55, with a best of 6-27 against Kenya in 2012. After finishing his international career, he continued playing at club level and developing his coaching career, being appointed Head Coach of Leinster Lightning in 2016, leading a squad that has won five titles and cups during his tenure.

Since his appointment, van der Merwe has been busy in refining and further developing the structures needed to ensure a pipeline of talent is fed into the national system for future years, as well as supporting the work of the Academy and taking several national youth sides away on tours.

Van der Merwe said:

“It’s been an incredibly busy year, but no busier than I imagined coming into the role. There is so much that happens behind-the-scenes that fans of the game never see or appreciate at times. Talent identification and development is a long-term proposition, and to have a dedicated Manager in the role is enormously beneficial to the sport as a whole.”

“While we have robust talent identification processes in place, and great coaches to guide and work with the players in each Provincial Union, kids develop at different rates – some players show flashes of raw talent early, while others take time to find their game. Just take George Dockrell, for example – he was a young tearaway pace bowler when he started out, and it just took a good coach with an eye for talent to see his potential as a spinner. This has led him to a decade in the national team so far.”

“No matter how good a system is though, there is always the potential for some players to slip through the net. So during the month of October, we will be running six separate sessions in three locations across Ireland searching for young players that could become Ireland’s next generation of bowlers. We’re looking for fast bowlers, slow bowlers, bowlers who swing it or bowlers who spin it. Players in Leinster, Northern and North West provincial unions will be able to attend local sessions, while players from other parts of the country will be encouraged to register at their nearest session.”

Cricket Ball
The search for raw bowling talent is on across Ireland !

BOWLING SESSIONS

  • NCU Fast Bowling Session – 11 October, 6pm-9pm, University of Ulster, Jordanstown
  • CL/MCU Fast Bowling – 13 October, 9am-12pm, North County CC
  • NCU Spin Bowling – 18 October, 6pm-9pm, University of Ulster, Jordanstown
  • CL/MCU Spin Bowling – 20 October, 9am-12pm, North County CC
  • NWCU Fast Bowling, 25 October, 6pm-9pm, Bready CC
  • NWCU Spin Bowling, 1 November, 6pm-9pm, Bready CC 

REGISTRATION   An online registration system has been established at: CLICK HERE

Also Read: Public prosecutor’s office files charges against Stefan Denifl and Max Hauke.

More Articles Like This

Xiaomi Mi Smart Dashcam 2K, a car camera at a laughing price

Surely you have been surprised to see how in recent times the online platforms proliferated videos recorded from...

Google expands support for ARCore: you can already see 3D animals in Realme 6, Xiaomi Mi 10 and many more models

In the same way that Apple exists ARKit, the Google platform that allows developers to create experiences of augmented reality for Android...

Readers' curfew last night by American readers

US President Donald Trump will meet with Attorney General William Barr to discuss the violent demonstrations in cities across the country. Thousands of people...

The iPhone 12 will be the first to start manufacturing, do you know when?

We are already in June and there are only three months left for the iPhone 12 to hit the stores. Or maybe not?...

Animal Gardens to reopen tomorrow

The Animal Gardens in Dublin will reopen tomorrow for the first time in two and a half months. Visitors will, however, be severely restricted by...

LG Gram 14T990-G: a laptop with power, autonomy and ‘all in one’ design

Laptops have become in recent years the preferred type of computer for users since it is possible to have models with really powerful hardware...

51 Worldwide Games, analysis. Games gathered, pique guaranteed

Nintendo launches a new compilation of classic and board games to enjoy locally, online and with tactical functions. Shall we have ladies? 51 Worldwide Games...