Friday 12 January 2007 

Andrew Mitchell To Visit Yorkshire CCC Academy Players

On the Monday 15th January at 5pm, Andrew Mitchell, Shadow Minster for International Development will be in Leeds visiting The Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Andrew Mitchell has worked hard to focus attention on how the UK Government manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and how policy can be further developed to get rid off extreme poverty.

When Andrew visits The Yorkshire County Cricket Club he will meet Academy Players Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Dominic Sharp, Gareth Phillips, Chris Marsden and Chavez Younes who are about to travel to South Africa. Cricket Centre Manager Andy Rowsell will give Andrew a tour of The Bradford & Bingley Indoor Cricket Centre and Andrew will be chatting to the boys to find out the benefits of the tour to the Yorkshire team and to South Africa.

The boys will begin their fortnight's tour of Capetown on February 9 with a team of 13 Yorkshire Schools’ Cricket Association Academy players. A highlight for the boys - led by association president Chris Hassell - will be a barbecue at the Paarl home of Geoff Boycott and his wife, Rachael.

The former Yorkshire and England batting maestro, now a member of Yorkshire's Management Board, was quick to extend the invitation once the tour had been finalised.

Seven of the boys will be 16 years old at the time of travel, and the remainder 17. Most were members of the Yorkshire team that won the England and Wales Cricket Board Under-17s Championship last season.

The tourists will play four one-day matches: v Paul Roos School XI at Stellenbosch; v Wynberg Boys' High School; v Paarl Boys' High School and v Western Province Development XI at Langa Cricket Club.

Sandwiched in between these games the team will take part in a Twenty20 day-night competition under lights at the Newlands Test ground, when their opponents will be Western Province, Boland and Derbyshire.

The boys will have time for other activities including watching a one-day international at Newlands between South Africa and India, a full-day coach tour to Ratanga Junction, walking up Table Mountain and a cruise.

Andrew will then visit the Eastmoor Children’s Secure Unit in Adel and the International Student Forum at Leeds University.