Northern Universities Student Club-Community Cricketers Elite (NUSC) sponsored by the iconic Hilton Newcastle Gateshead continued its Winter Training Programme (WTP 2011) at the stunning Durham CCC Riverside ground in Chester Le Street.
As the players are soon realizing the programme is only going to get tougher as it continues. This week centred on the final session of phase 1 so a real Kookaburra ball trial week with the seamers taking on the opening batsmen armed with new balls. A fairly brutal session later left the batsmen with more than just memories while 4 wickets in the first 18 balls sees the message about ‘don’t waste it’ is really sinking in with the seamers.
For the spinners a good session looking at the various types of used matches balls they should expect in the summer and how these impacts upon the spin generated which presented evidence of why we are working so hard in the winter to develop plans to suit. Sadly if the batsmen thought that would allow them some rest bite from Marc’s fired up seamers it did not as spinners also came armed with detailed plans to weave their expected spells under the close scrutiny of spin guru Ash Patel. The sanctuary of the batting skills set was welcome for most where for the final time Ronny and Gordon completed sets on technique much of it was noticed to be on back foot as well as foot movement to spinners.
So that leaves just 3 sessions until Christmas. Week 6 is the start of phase 2 where after a full debrief the players gain the chance to work on development areas while the club starts to slot players into potential summer roles….always a revealing session. To follow the clubs progress throughout the winter log onto www.cricketworld.com/nusc-ccelite/