Venue Riverside Sports Pavilion, Chester Le Street
The charity cricketers at Northern Universities Student Club Community Cricketers Elite had another surprise guest when Durham County’s coach Jon Lewis returned to his old club to provide a fielding masterclass.
Jon, who is fondly known as the “Judge” started his coaching career with NUSC before moving onto a full time role with Durham County’s batsmen in 2007. He has since been a familiar face in the viewing gallery at sessions working as a scout for Durham County which has brought NUSC members much recognition such as a full contract for Chris Rushworth, academy terms for Matthew Sampson-Barnes and the Hodgson brothers (Mid week Academy). But on Saturday, he was rolling back the years after generously agreeing to take a fielding masterclass to show the students the standards required at 1st class level.
John D Holland, the clubs Director of Cricket was extremely grateful for Jon Lewis’s support: “It just shows the true character of Jon that he is willing to come back to his first club and provide a free masterclass to help take the squad forward in such a key area of the game. Jon as ever ran an enjoyable but tough session which shows the standards expected at 1st class level. Those are now the standards we place onto our squad to produce week in and week out as it could be worth just one run in a match but that can be the difference between a win and a loss”
To find out more about NUSC Winter Training Programme in association with Hilton Newcastle Gateshead log onto www.nusc-ccelite.play-cricket.comor visit www.cricketworld.com/nuscccelite. To follow Jon Lewis’s 2nd X1 at Durham County log onto www.durhamccc.co.uk
John D Holland Director of Cricket, NUSC-CC Elite [email protected]