In the nets at Wells School


           

Playing experience acquired in the West of England Premier League is filtering down to youngsters in Somerset and Bristol Schools.

Head groundsman at Wells Cathedral School Craig Keast is a leg-spinner for league side Street and is also an ECB level II coach. He assists with the coaching of the school’s first XI and under15s.

Wells have recently taken delivery of a new BOLA ‘Professional’ machine but they are long-time BOLA users and their new purchase is a replacement for a machines they bought 21 years ago.

Master in Charge of Cricket is Robbie Newman who was a Warwickshire Academy player and is now a leg-cutter bowler for Minor Counties side Devon.

Wells is one of five specialist music schools in the country and was founded in 909 making it the fourth oldest school in Britain.

Cricket facilities in Bristol schools have also enjoyed a tremendous fillip in recent years. Both Ashton Park Sports College and Cotham School have aquired purpose built sports halls and this year both establishments purchased BOLA machines.

At Ashton Park Neil Moon, Master in charge of Cricket, is delighted with his new machine. "The BOLA is fantastic for creating interest amongst the boys. It really has opened their eyes to cricket and the interesting thing is that it has attracted new pupils to the sport."

Neil attended a course in bowling machine management at a local school and now incorporates the BOLA in his P.E. lessons. “Pupils use the machine for their GCSE assessments (which are part of the Sports Science ‘A’ level) to demonstrate their skills,” he said.

Cotham School unveiled their new sports hall last winter and Head of Cricket James Brown is an enthusiastic BOLA user. “We run under13 and under15 sides in the Bristol Schools League and all the kids love the machine. It has generated a lot of interest and I think the automatic feed is an excellent tool."

James has great personal experience of using BOLA machines because he was the captain of a very successful Bath C.C. in 2006. They were victorious in the West of England Premier League and Neil was named 'Player of the Year’.

 

     
     
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