Hampshire Cricket History

And Tomorrow?
June 6, 2016, 9:48 am
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The money from Forever Changes enabled me to present a set of Cage Cricket kit to Pompey in the Community. The Cage guys trained up some PiC trainers, and last week they went seriously ‘inner city’ to the place where the game was invented, Somerstown, in just about the most deprived bit of the city. Here the kids are playing for the first time in the shadow of the post-war tower blocks.

Simon Young reveals “one of the most telling moments … chatting to one of the lads playing. He was probably about 7 years old, and we asked him about cricket and particularly who he supported, “Afghanistan!” he told us, so proudly, “….and my favourite player is (Mohammad) Shahzad” beaming from ear to ear! The New Order!

When he was asked about having the chance to train with a local club, his first, and only, concern was “…will it cost money?”
This afternoon I’m meeting up with the Cage guys to see if we can answer that question. You never know it’s just possible that in ten years or so a kid from Pompey will follow Neil McCorkell, Mike Barnard or Jon Ayling into the Hampshire side! Sadly it seems they won’t be able to develop their Cage skills at the Ageas Bowl since the Cage has been replaced by an empty space.

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