THE Orange CYMS Cricket Club continued its long tradition of junior development by sending three players to train with the Randwick-Petersham Green Shield Team last month.
Will and Hamish Cranney and Matt Van Schaik made the trip to Sydney to take part in three training sessions - two at the Randwick-Petersham nets at Snape Park and one at the SCG indoor nets.
The CYMS juniors trained with Randwick-Petersham first grade players and coaches while also conducting in-game scenarios against and with the Green Shield players.
Then they watched the grade players train later in the afternoon.
The trip is designed to give junior players an idea of how much work is needed to go further in the sport.
“It gives the boys an idea of how good they need to be to get to the next level, and how they can get a start in grade cricket in Sydney for the future,” CYMS’ Michael Wright said.
“One of the boys who went down last year was invited to play some of the games in January. The extra knowledge and skill he gained and showed in club games, earned him the CYMS all rounder of the year award.”
Over the last off-season, CYMS also renewed their overseas link with Doncaster Town Cricket Club in the Yorkshire Premier League with Nick Wright making the trip to England.
The club plays in one of only 23 sanctioned English and Wales Cricket Board competitions throughout the United Kingdom.
The playing ranks include current English under 19s players as well as county and ex-county players.
Going on to cement the club’s first grade No.5 batting position, Wright helped Doncaster finish fifth in a 14-team competition, beating every team bar one throughout the year.