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Northern Universities Student Club-Community Cricketers Elite (NUSC) today launched their new Winter Training Programme (WTP 2011) at its stunning winter home based at Durham CCC Riverside ground in Chester Le Street.
Despite being called the ‘off season’ it has been anything but quiet for NUSC as the student club has reshaped the coaching staff, not just the playing staff as it seeks to improve on an impressive 2010 wins over Cricket Ireland, Scotland and Derbyshire CCC.
The club has made two high profile signings by securing Durham CCC’s Gordon Muchall to work alongside ECB Level 3 coach Ronny Boyd with the clubs batsmen. Marc Symington, the former England U19s all rounder joins the team to work alongside a legendary North East league professional Ashok Patel to coach the clubs bowlers.
On the player’s front, the club has been overwhelmed by membership applications from players based all over the United Kingdom. The club settled on an exciting blend of youth and experience, with some players undertaking weekly travels from London, Nottingham, Yorkshire to make the 0920 Saturday morning sessions. There is also a new holder of the prestigious ‘Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Scholarship’ in the impressive Nottinghamshire based wicket keeper batsmen Gareth Pursehouse whose record breaking performances in 2010 caught the eye of all teams and, it seems the sponsors.
John D Holland, Director of Cricket was clearly delighted with the developments, adding “NUSC is lucky to have sponsors as ambitious as the club to helping to drive it forwards. We secured the coaching team that all of us wanted and I cannot thank them enough for their commitment. The squad is exciting, packed with young talents while Guy Hilton has demonstrated wisdom in entrusting Gareth with his personal scholarship - anyone who has met Gareth is instantly struck by his fierce determination to achieve on the field but few get to see it off which is where he stands out from any other player the club has seen”
Gareth and his new team mates enjoyed a light opening session on Saturday based on getting the rust off the player’s game with some nets and skills sets. They know there is much tougher to come over the next 6 months but it looks like the right men are in the right place to get the best out of the players.
To follow the clubs progress throughout the winter log onto cricketworld.com