Durham cricketers go to School in Oz
Durham have sent two players to Western Australia for the winter
to attend a cricket academy in Perth. Fast bowlers Marc Symington
and Nicky Hatch will receive: private coaching, a fully monitored
fitness programme and match practice.
Director of Cricket, Geoff Cook said, "This is a golden opportunity
for our young cricketers to develop in an atmosphere that is renowned
for its competitive nature and development of excellence. These
are two traits that we are trying to create in Durham Cricketers."
The Banks Group have come forward to help finance this scheme by
sponsoring Marc Symington's place on the Academy. The Banks Group
are also sponsoring Marc's Kit in the Norwich Union National Cricket
League next year. Therefore they will be able to see the effect
of their support first hand.
Keep up to date with the goings on down under with Marc's Diary.
are going really well over here, we've settled in well and are producing
results on the pitch. The coaching that we are receiving is excellent
from both Wayne Andrews and Bruce Reid and we have also had a session
with the living legend Dennis Lillee as his son plays at our club
and he often comes down to do a bit with the lads.
our most recent game Hatchy played in the first team and bowled
very well by all accounts and was very unlucky not to pick up any
wickets. He had figures of 0 for 20 off 14 and he still hasn't had
a chance to improve on his two ducks. He's been working hard at
his batting though and he is starting to look quite good. This weekend
he's going to play seconds so he might get a chance of a good bat
my last game I played in the seconds scoring 33 in the first innings
and 31 not out in the second innings. I then bowled 37 overs taking
6 for 107 which I was quite pleased with. This weekend I'm in the
first team and I'm playing against Chris Mason and Marcus North.
things are going well out here and I've even learnt how to cook
but don't tell Hatchy, I'm enjoying getting waited on, its like
home from home.
news to see that we've signed Kat again, he's having a really good
season out here and looks in great form.
have picked up here, we've got a car and a nice little 2 bedroom
house 5 miles away from the city, its quite handy.
The cricket is really good. At the minute Hatchys playing 1st grade
in the championship and I am in the Sunday League.
Hatchy's first game went quite well for him he picked up one wicket
but then got a duck and in his second game he continued his good
form with the bat getting another duck but is yet to bowl as it's
played over two weekends. I've played two 2nd grade matches getting
no wickets and a duck in the first game and three wickets and yet
to bat in the second game.
I've also played a Sunday league match which was against Kat. They
batted first scoring 288 with Kat getting 95 off 95 balls. An impressive
knock. I bowled at him but struggled to get him out although didn't
do too bad at containing. We then knocked their total off with 2
overs left and whilst doing that Kat managed to get himself a new
nickname, SATIN as he went for 3 sixes in a row. It was good to
speak to him again.
So things are going all right at the minute and no doubt the results
will improve for us both as the coaching we are receiving is really
Speak to you soon.
Simo and Hatchy.