STUDLEY Cricket Club’s junior coaching launch evening was a big hit as Warwickshire stars Chris Woakes and Ian Westwood called by to run the rule over the club’s young prospects.
England all-rounder Woakes and Bears batsman and former captain Westwood showed great enthusiasm in putting more than 50 juniors through their paces on Wednesday evening.
Studley CC captain Steve Rose said: “Club secretary Jon Erskine, treasurer Shaun Regan and groundsman Alan Bray spent two days preparing the ground ready for the event, so I’d like to say a massive thank you to them!
“With such a wet March, we have struggled to get on to the ground, but with loads of hard work from the members it meant the night could go ahead.
“Woakes and Westwood were fantastic and identified a number of players to watch out for in the future.
“It was such a special evening and one the kids will not forget, it’s not every week we have a current England international and Warwickshire star attend, so the kids absolutely loved it.
“It will live long in the memory for sure.”
There was also some fantastic news as Studley’s main club sponsor Glover Priest Solicitors doubled the sponsorship money to invest in junior cricket over the next season.
Rose added: “Former player Martin Priest and his partner Gavin Glover have been so supportive and this really is tremendous news.
“They can see their sponsorship investment is having a fantastic impact in the local community and it will allow us to invest in more equipment and coaching aids.
“It also means we can offer fantastic facilities and keep coaching affordable for everyone who wants to play cricket. No matter what your ability, young or old, we make cricket accessible for everyone, something we are really proud to offer.”
Chris Woakes took his turn behind the stumps during the coaching session. (s)