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Trott benefits from Surrey link

Charles Trott has joined the growing list of young Bermudian cricketers broadening their horizons overseas.

The PHC and Bermuda Under-19 all-rounder headed to England last night where he will further his development training with the coaching staff at county side Surrey while representing Oxstead and Limpsfield in the Surrey Youth League.

The opportunity has been made possible by the support of the player's club and a flourishing partnership between Dean Minors, the former St George's and Bermuda wicketkeeper, and Chris Thompson, the former Surrey and England Under-19 opening batsman.

“The players and the club are really excited and looking forward to having Charles come along,” said Minors, who represented Bermuda at the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

“With the great support of PHC they were able to back Charles on this venture which, is not only cricket, but also an educational programme that Chris and myself have put together.

“He will be training on a daily basis with Chris and will also train with the Surrey team with a batting and bowling coach, as well as play for his club team. He will also have tutoring on a weekly basis to keep up with his English and maths.”

Trott, who represented Bermuda when the island hosted Under-19 World Cup qualifiers 12 months ago, will remain at Surrey until the end of the season. The 17-year-old is the second local cricketer after Isaiah Creighton to benefit from the partnership between Minors and Thompson.

Creighton, the Cleveland County spin bowler, joined Alleyn Cricket Club in Division Five of the Surrey Championship last month, where he remain until September.

Minors struck up a partnership with Thompson when he visited Bermuda with the MCC in 2011.

“When Chris came to Bermuda with the MCC he became interested in our cricket and said we have lots of potential on the island, so we both sat down and discussed forming a partnership,” Minors said.

“Our ultimate goal is to raise the standard of cricket in Bermuda and providing an opportunity for our youngsters to go over and play in the various leagues in England and take advantage of the major connections that Chris has.

“This is a brilliant opportunity because you never know where it may lead and we are hoping by the end of the season to have either Charles or Isaiah return to England to either attend school, play for a league club and be the professional at the club or even go to a more challenging league.”

Minors wants his partnership with Thompson to evolve into a fully fledged academy.

“What were are doing is forming a Thompson/Minors Academy and we are planning on doing some great things in the future with, not only bringing cricketers over to Surrey, but also getting players to here to play in games,” Minors said.

“I will be looking throughout the season at other players to have the opportunity to go over.

“I had the opportunity way back when to experience cricket in England and so I encourage any youngster to grab the opportunity with both hands.

“In the coming months you are going to hear more about the our programme, the academy and everything else.”

Photograph by Akil Simmons All-round talent: Trott, a Bermuda Under-19 player, will be furthering his development in England

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Published June 30, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 29, 2016 at 9:50 pm)

Trott benefits from Surrey link

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