Local Hero Mustard Boosts Students Tri Nation Plans
Date 8th June 2009
Venue Ashbrooke Sports Club, Sunderland
Northern Universities Student Club Community Cricketers Elite were joined by local cricketing hero Phil Mustard as their preparations for the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Tri Nations Championships took a major step forward.
Phil born and bred in Sunderland has already represented England 12 times and Durham County 243 times with a strike rate touching the high 90s is regarded as this countries finest attacking wicket keeper left hand batsman. Phil, who gave up his evening off between Twenty20 matches for Durham took the clubs talented wicket keepers Christopher Youldon and Daniel Hodgson through their paces showing them the tricks of the trade he uses.
Phil’s session was part of a revolutionary “Ronny Boyd Training Camp” programme created thanks to the backing of Elite Coach Ronny Boyd, Go North East, Hilton Newcastle Gateshead and Ashbrooke Sports Club.
John D Holland, Director of Cricket was absolutely delighted to have secured Phil Mustard’s services. “Phil is a local hero who has thrilled cricket fans around the world with his attacking style. You could see the confidence growing in the students in particular the young Sunderland CC keeper Christopher Youldon that his hero was willing to come down and spend two hours working with him”
Mr Holland also made a special reference to the efforts of Ashbrooke to make Phil feel welcome on his return to Sunderland. “Having the Chairman of Trustees come specially to present Phil with a gift from the club, Paul Breeze and his catering team cook him a special meal just goes to show everyone why we are proud to work with Ashbrooke Sports Club”
The training programme continues next week at Ashbrooke and whoever joins Ronny has a major task of not only replacing a local hero but one who now has an even greater fan club
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