Durham cricketers go to School in Oz

27th November 2000
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.

Things 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.

In 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 there.

In 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.

So 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.

Good news to see that we've signed Kat again, he's having a really good season out here and looks in great form.

31st October 2000

Things 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 good.

Speak to you soon.
Simo and Hatchy.


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