Stourbridge-based Pedmore Cricket Club are celebrating after winning a cricketgroundshop.co.uk competition and taking delivery of a brand new Paceman bowling machine as a result.
Club coach Dan Such entered the competition, run on Facebook, in May, and was randomly selected as the winner by former Zimbabwean international Murray Goodwin.
The West Midlands club is now the proud owner of a new Paceman Original bowling machine and 12 Paceman Light balls - worth £234.90 in total.
The club now plan to make as much use as possible of their prize, as Such explains:
"A new bowling machine will be another great addition for Pedmore Cricket Club! It will allow cricketers of all ages to improve their skills and get more confidence in a controlled environment that is safe and fun," he said.
"For coaches, the self-feeding mechanism will allow them to observe and analyse performance thoroughly, instead of having to worry about continuously feeding the correct delivery to the players."
The Paceman is one of a number of bowling machines produced by Paceman and available via thecricketgroundshop, which stocks an extensive range of coaching and training aids.
"The Paceman range is fantastic - they represent great value, bringing quality bowling machines available to grassroots clubs," product development manager and ex-Yorkshire cricketer Anthony Burton, said.
"The potential long-term effect of this cannot be underestimated - in addition to helping league clubs seriously boost their training and up the quality and consistency of play, access to this kind of equipment can only be a good thing for youth cricket and the future of the sport.
"Who knows, a player of Murray’s calibre may among the youngsters at Pedmore and this could help hone the early skills they’ll need to make it to the professional game!"
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