Students Salute Drinnen Sensational Dutch Victory

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Students salute Drinnen Sensational Dutch Victory
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Date 6th June 2009
Venue Ashbrooke Sports Club, Sunderland

Northern Universities Student Club Community Cricketers Elite sent their warmest congratulations to the Dutch Team and their Coach Peter Drinnen after he masterminded one of crickets biggest ever up sets on the opening day of the ICC 2020 Cricket World Cup.

The students club spent their formative years challenging academy sides led by Peter Drinnen at Blaydon Cricket Club in Newcastle learning like England did his sides never give an inch or expects anything less than victory.  Each victory against Peter’s academy was savoured and remembered by the students and their coaches to this day because they each was vital in helping to develop the NUSC programme.  Texts and e-mails have been flooding into Peter’s inbox from the club managements sending their congratulations on what will surely be his greatest achievement in cricket coaching.

John D Holland, Director of Cricket was absolutely delighted for Peter adding “We were only recounting on Monday about Peter single minded will to win, remembering his ability to sum up players strength/weaknesses, famous field changes, joking that upsets in cricket happen and you never know Peter could spring a surprise against England.  Little did we realise that the joke was on us for not believing in him so all we can say is we are proud to have challenged you and some times even beaten you.  Hope this is the first of many sensational nights as Dutch Coach” 

The students like the Dutch are major underdogs heading into the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Tri Nations starting the day after the World Cup finishes.  Their training programme continues on Tuesday at Ashbrooke in Sunderland and no doubt the students will be looking for their own Dutch courage as they learn that with the right coaching, focus and determination underdogs can cause massive upsets.

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