YOUNG cricketers at a Kenilworth School received a batting masterclass from one of the best.
England and Warwickshire star Ian Bell recently visited Crackley Hall school to offer some expert tips and advice to pupils.
Ian, a former pupil at Crackley Hall’s sister school Princethorpe College, is a cricket ambassador for Complete Cricket – one of the largest professional cricket coaching providers in the UK.
Ian, with help from Complete Cricket coaches Jamie Spires and Sam Montieri, put 24 junior boys through their paces. at the crease.
He stressed the importance of getting the fundamentals right, looking at grip, stance, backlift and alignment – maintaining ‘cricket is simple if you get the basics right’.
The session finished with a question and answer session, and talked about the many opportunities he had at Princethorpe and the inspiration and support he had received from the college’s former director of sport, Gwilym Price.
Ian said: “I loved sport and at Princethorpe I played everything – rugby, football, hockey and cricket. I was 16 when I finally decided that cricket was what I wanted to do.”
Crackley Hall’s assistant head Charles Lamprecht said: “Huge thanks to Ian, Jamie and Sam from Complete Cricket for an inspirational masterclass.
“The boys were thrilled to have a cricketing legend coaching them and I am really looking forward to seeing them put their new batting skills into action.”