Last week Cricket España held its first ever Cricket Academy, young players from all over Spain were selected between the age of fifteen & nineteen years of age to take part over the three days.
An extensive training program was put in place where they worked on their fielding, bowling & Batting, after each session meetings were held to discuss session they've just had.
Two matches were arranged for the academy against London Public school Emanuel college, who came to Spain with a strong group of players, the matches were played over forty overs, with Cricket España winning both games, with some outstanding performances to note, Akash Panchal for taking four wickets with excellent Spin bowling, Jamie Roper for his all round Batting and Bowling, Tyler Hogan Brown for his performance as an opening bat.
Another highlight for the Academy was that Ravi Panchal was spotted by a top coach during the week and ask to join Stanmore CC who play in the Middlesex premier league in the UK, Ravi will join his new team at the end of the month, we wish him well and every success, a well deserved effort.
The Academy has been a great success and a huge thanks goes to the Joel Brook and Mark Perman our coaches for some excellent coaching during the week. Cricket España will be looking at holding the Academy next year, with the possible chance of us holding a Centre of Excellence for younger players later this year.
Director Cricket Spain
George Wambeek sent the following e-mail to Ravi from La Manga CC on learning he had been offrered a position with Stanmore CC.
... Dear Ravi, This email from me to all our Members just to say, Ravi congratulations on being selected to join Stanmore Cricket Club in the Middlesex Premier League on a years Cricket Study Program to play and be coached by this top club in the UK.
Top England players and Middlesex players have played at this club, to name a few,Mark Ramperkash, the two Fraser brothers,and many more.
Ravi can do very well as he was seen by the coach at Stanmore who was at La Manga with Emanuel school last week and offered Ravi a place in the UK. Great news for Spain and again a great loss for La Manga CC and Spanish cricket but we wish him well for the coming season....
George Wambeek,Chairman of La Manga CC