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Cricketing Lesson from Local Hero

Sunday, 04 December 2011

Lancashire and England fast bowler Sajid Mahmood was the star attraction at this week's indoor cricket training sessions at Bolton School.  The weekly sessions, funded by the MCC Foundation, are for local secondary school boys and are aimed at identifying and developing young sportsmen who have yet to engage fully with the game and have the potential to play at District level. Twenty four boys have been nominated by their school or club and are attending the current Sunday coaching sessions. 

The two groups, an U13s group and an U15s group, were delighted to welcome Sajid to their session and he was soon turning his arm and dispensing advice in the School's indoor nets. 

Bolton School is one of  seven schools in the country to make up a hub set up by the MCC Foundation to stimulate links between independent schools, state schools and cricket clubs in order to discover new cricketing talent.  The sessions are run by hub manager Andy Compton and Lancashire Cricket Board coaches Mick Fletcher and Dave Fairbrother. The scheme will continue in to the Spring and Summer Terms and beyond.   

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Sajid Mahmood and boys

Lancashire and England cricketer Sajid Mahmood lends his hand at the MCC Foundation indoor coaching session at Bolton School

Sajid Mahmood turns his arm

Sajid was soon offering invaluable balling tips