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Kabir watches over Red Rose trials

More than 50 cricketers have taken part in trials at Emirates Old Trafford in front of paceman Kabir Ali.

The youngsters, from the South Asian community in Trafford, Manchester, were invited to the indoor cricket centre as part of the club’s Lancashire Way project.

All were watched by county performance coaches as they were put through their paces in the nets.

Leach coach Qasim Ali said: “We were very impressed by the turnout and the standard of all those involved.

“We certainly have a tough task in choosing who will represent Manchester in the nationwide Lord’s Taverners’ City Cup which gets underway in the summer.

“I would like to thank everybody involved in making the evening a success, especially to StreetChance for their support.”

Bobby Denning, acting director of the Lancashire Cricket Board, added: “Within Manchester, Salford and Trafford we have a number of groups playing the game within the parks, clubs and in the  StreetChance programme. 

“The response to the Lancashire Way South Asian Talent Search demonstrates how the initiative can add value to the current levels of activity and programmes in the area.

“It was great to see the response on the night with our Lancashire Cricket coaches observing the talent on display. Some of these players will go and compete nationally in the Lords Taverners’ City Cup which again shows the value of this initiative.”

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