County cricketers to take on the Spanish National Side at La Manga Club
This Friday, 26th February, starting at 11am, some of the top young talent in English County Cricket will pit their skills against the Spanish National side, who themselves are preparing for an international event later this year.
The players from England are representing the Tom Maynard Trust Academy, a charity set up to help develop young sports men and women in 2012 following the tragic death of Tom who was a Surrey and England Lion’s batsman.
The Academy squad are selected by their counties to attend the Academy Camp which is held at the Desert Springs Resort cricket facility in Almeria and are coached by some of the best coaches in world cricket. The coaching team who will all be at La Manga Club is Matthew Maynard, current Director of Cricket at Somerset, Ian Harvey, current Assistant Head Coach at Gloucestershire and Paul Nixon, former Leicestershire and England wicket keeper
The Spanish national side have a hugely important year ahead, with them competing in an ICC tournament in Stockholm, Sweden in August. The winners of this event will progress into Division 1 of the ICC Europe standings.
The cricket facilities at La Manga Club are based on the main sports ground. There are 2 cricket pitches with ECB approved artificial wickets and 4 nets.
The entertainment will start at 11am on Friday with the players breaking for a short lunch between two back to back 20 over’s a side clashes.
This is the 3rd year this event has been held at La Manga Club and it is always played in good spirit but in a competitive manner.
If you are around the La Manga Club area on Friday, come into the sports ground, where entrance is free to see some high class cricket being played here in Spain.