THE first Western Storm coaching clinics for women cricketers in Devon went down so well another one has been booked.
Western Storm players Amara Carr, who also skippers Devon, and New Zealand international Rachel Priest, ran tips-from-the-top coaching sessions at Ipplepen and Plympton recently.
More than 60 lady cricketers attended the sessions, which were held on consecutive nights, when they were put through their paces. Click here to read all about it
The skills worked on were appropriate for county age-group players as players turning out regularly for club sides in league matches.
The sessions went so well the Devon Women’s’ Cricket Association were keen to run more.
Their wish has been granted as Western Storm has offered to send Carr and squad mate Georgia Hennessy back to Devon to run another session.
Hennessy, who bats and bowls, has played for England at under-19 level.
The next clinic will be at Hatherleigh on Wednesday, June 14 between 6-8pm.
Warren Carr, the chairman of the DWCA, stressed it is not a taster session for potential new players but target at experienced lady cricketers.
“The session will be for women and girls 14-plus or those who have played in District U13 and U15 hard ball cricket and above and primarily is for girls already playing in clubs,” said Carr.
“The Ipplepen and Plympton sessions, although very good, were quite challenging.
“It is a chance for Amara and Georgia to run through some coaching drills the girls can use to help improve moving forward and gives the existing coaches a chance to discuss practices that they have used.”
Hatherleigh are hoping to run a barbecue during the event to help support fundraising for their pavilion repairs.
Western Storm are getting around the counties in their South West franchise area as part of an outreach programme.
Carr hopes to persuade them back to Devon again to run another clinic in the east of the county.
Anyone with a cricket CV appropriate for the clinics should contact Carr by Monday, June 12 to book in.
Western Storm play in the Kia Super League, which was founded in 2016 to promote professional women's cricket in England.
The Storm franchise is based at Somerset CCC's County Ground in Taunton but has strong links to Devon, as several players, including captain Heather Knight, Cait O'Keefe, Jodie Dibble and Carr - have come through local clubs and the Devon county age-group programme.