CRICKET: Caistor club to provide training for children at 13 primary schools

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Caistor Town Cricket Club, through their association with Twenty20 Coaching, and with the support of Cricket Academy sponsor Paul Wiseman Electricals, are to provide quality cricket skills training for children in 13 local primary schools this summer.

The Club’s Academy Head Coach Neil Wheeler will be providing the training, which is aimed at encouraging youngsters to play cricket.

Children at these schools will get the chance to try out cricket and then be given the opportunity to join up at the club’s academy for the remainder of the summer and earn the chance to play some competitive cricket for the Caistor Cricket Academy.

Club Chairman David Gowshall said: “As an ECB Focus Club we have a responsibility to promote cricket locally, which we take very seriously. By going out to local schools the club are actively giving local children the opportunity to enjoy cricket.

“Those who show the right levels of enthusiasm and skills are rewarded with a scholarship at the club’s academy for the remainder of the summer and given the opportunity to play competitive cricket.

“The scheme is intended to encourage youngsters at the club to develop their interest in the sport, and at the same time, as those youngsters earn places in the Senior set up at the club, helps to sustain the future of the club.”

Academy Head Coach Neil Wheeler of Twenty20 Coaching, said: “This initiative is exposing children from a wide area to the game of cricket.

“The enthusiasm shown by those taking part is tremendous and those who show potential are rewarded with a scholarship at the academy. “Junior cricket has a very high priority at Caistor and the club is well known for the encouragement they give to youngsters who show the right attitude, enthusiasm and ability”.

Chairman Gowshall added: “The academy, with the help of Twenty20 Coaching, has developed enormously over the last two years and we would welcome any youngster between 7 and 17 interested in playing cricket to Caistor, regardless of whether they take part in the skills training this summer. If there is any youngster who wants to enjoy cricket this summer they should contact me on 07815 120949.”

Meanwhile, Caistor’s former overseas star all rounder Sahan Wijeratne, who fulfilled the role of player/coach for the Wolds based club for four seasons between 2009 and 2012, breaking the Lincolnshire League Premier Division’s highest runs scored in a season record in the process, has provided a timely reminder to his countries selectors by completing the 2014 First Class Sri-Lankan season in blistering form.

Sahan recorded two big centuries (132 and 156) against opponents the Sri Lankan Air Force and Badureliya Sports in the last two three day fixtures of the Sri Lanka First Class season.

Captaining his club Chilaw Sports, Sahan backed his first innings centuries with scores of 78 and 52no in the second innings of two three day fixtures.

Sahan, who still harbours ambitions of representing his country at senior level after previously playing for Sri-Lanka’s Under 19 side, took the opportunity to remind the Sri Lankan selectors of his abilities and will be hoping he can force his way into the Sri Lankan international squad who will be here in England during the early part of the Summer