Thursday 31 July 2014 

Video - Ballance, Bairstow Visit St Chad's Broomfield Cricket Club

England and Yorkshire batsmen Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow surprised St Chad's Broomfield Cricket Club by taking part in their weekly training session.

While the club knew that the session was to be filmed by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), they did not know that Ballance and Bairstow were headed their way.

The pair batted in the nets and led fielding drills as well as passing on tips to the youngsters who had turned up for training.

"It was really good fun and always nice to get the chance to come down to a local club," Ballance said.

"There are some good players here in the nets and I was out caught on the boundary off a leg-spinner!

"I was a bit nervous coming down but everyone was friendly. There are players of all ages and they all really seem to love their cricket."

James Bacon, Club Secretary, St Chad’s Broomfield CC added: "It was a fantastic surprise for them to attend.

"The kids absolutely loved it especially having an opportunity to ask England cricketers questions and bowl at them.

"In the middle of the season it’s been a real morale boost and has injected enthusiasm back into the club."

St Chad’s is a club with its home just miles from Headingley, home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and is one of the region’s oldest clubs boasting a 130-year history.

They currently run 12 senior and junior teams.

Video courtesy of ECB

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