BCB in search for next crop of talented youngsters
The Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 tournament now over, Bermuda Cricket Board are spreading the net wide again in search of the next Delray Rawlins, Greg Maybury, Tre Manders or Kamau Leverock by holding mid-year trials for Under-13 and Under-15 players hoping to the join the National Academy programme.
The National Academy (BCBNA) provides young talented and aspiring cricketers the opportunity to develop cricket and life skills through “enjoyable and challenging cricket and character building activities” and the likes of Rawlins have benefited from being in the programme.
Still only 15, Rawlins was a member of the Bermuda team for the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 Tournament and claimed one for 39 from 10 overs in the win over the United States which enabled Bermuda to avoid relegation to Division 4. He made his senior debut during the recent BCB training trip to Barbados. The left-armer was a member of the National Academy Under- 13 programme from the age of 10 and has progressed quickly to break into the senior national team.
“I have worked with and coached internationals and first class cricketers in both Australia and the West Indies and Delray is equal to many of those players in his natural ability and raw talent,” said coach Moore.
“I am confident that if he applies himself fully he could play first class cricket in the UK and represent Bermuda with honour and success for a long time.”
Due to the many enquiries from interested players, parents and coaches and the popularity and success of the BCBNA, the BCB are holding a mid-year intake for those players who did not have the opportunity to participate in trials last September. The trials will be held at the Berkeley Institute nets on Sunday, May 19, beginning at 10am.
"The BCBNA is a cutting edge cricket development programme that has received ICC recognition and provides high quality one on one and team coaching to players as well as character development activities throughout the training programme,” said national coach David Moore.
“Thus far the winter programme has seen players work in their specialist areas of batting, pace bowling, spin bowling and wicketkeeping. Players have made significant improvement in these skills. It has also seen the Under-19 squad members mentoring the younger cricketers in both cricket and character development.
“The summer phase of the programme will see the players move to an integration of skill development and game sense that will see the players applying the skills that they have learned and developing tactical awareness during a game situation. There will also be further mentoring and guidance from the Under-19 squad members in both cricket and character development."
Added Moore: "This trial is a wonderful opportunity for those players that did not have the opportunity to trial in September, 2012 to join the programme. There are very high expectations of the members of the BCBNA and the ability to maintain the core standards of attendance, discipline, respect, courtesy, learning and enjoyment are key to the continued membership of all players in the Academy."
Registration for the trial can be made by calling 292-8958. This will be for players eligible for the Under-13 (born on or after September 1, 2000) and Under-15 National Academy squads (born on or after September 1, 1998).