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Essex School Children Meet Alastair Cook

Essex School Children Meet England And Essex Hero Alastair Cook
Essex School Children Meet England And Essex Hero Alastair Cook
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Pupils from Brampton Manor School in Newham were hit for six on Tuesday 28 April when The Lord’s Taverners and Essex CCC organised for 10 youngsters to meet Essex and England star Alastair Cook at the County Ground in Chelmsford. Cook, who is President of the Young Lord’s Taverners, took time out of his busy schedule ahead of the first West Indies Test at Lord’s next week to meet the Year 7 pupils and pass on some tips. The Lord’s Taverners, the official charity of recreational cricket, recently formed a groundbreaking partnership with Essex CCC for the 2009 season. The partnership is the first of its kind and will see the leading youth sports charity and the 2008 Friends Provident Trophy winners work closely together with special focus on grassroots cricket across the County. After meeting Cook, who scored 74 not out for Essex against the West Indies over the weekend, the pupils were given the chance to play Kwik Cricket in the County Ground’s indoor training facilities. Alastair Cook said, “Being President of the Young Lord’s Taverners is an enormous privilege for me. I’ve been very fortunate in my life to have had access to sport and I strongly believe that all children regardless of their ability and background should have the chance to play all forms of sport. The Lord’s Taverners has given over £750,000 to support young people in Essex over the past 10 years and the partnership with Essex will give even more youngsters across the County the opportunity to play cricket and other sports. It was great meeting all the kids from Brampton today and I hope a few will be inspired to go and play cricket in the future.” Brampton pupil Baseer Ishanzadeh commented, “It was really cool meeting Alastair today. You see him on the TV playing for England but you never think you will actually get to meet him – and he’s a lot taller in real life! We’ve had a really great day and I can’t wait to play some more cricket at school.” Cook will show his support for The Lord’s Taverners again next week during the Lord’s Test when he and all the Gray-Nicolls players – including England captain Andrew Strauss and West Indies players Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan – will be using the iconic green, red and blue stripy Lord’s Taverners bat grip. Cook added, “The Lord’s Taverners bat grip has become a bit of a lucky omen for me as I used it when I scored my unbeaten century in Barbados so hopefully it can carry on bring me luck.”