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Accrington Stanley? Who are they?

Posted in Disability Cricket

Last month we had the first formal meeting of the four National Disability Squad coaches at Lord's.

With some good agenda items that cut across all four squads and the perfect venue in the Lord's pavilion, the time spent together was worthwhile with our next meeting scheduled for October.

A lot of the discussions were around the environment we create for our squads and a philosophy that will drive everything the players and management will do.

We are constantly looking at raising the bar within our squads and these discussions are a good starting point leading to some consistent messages.

There's not a huge amount to report back on from the England Deaf Squad as our first games of the season are still a few weeks away, against MCC and Northants Academy.

Ron Young will be looking after the squad for these games as I will be away with Spain for the ICC Europe Division 2 Twenty20 competition.

We have again secured the services of Pete Williams as our performance analyst for those games and for our Devon tour in August.

This will build on the work Pete did with the squad last season, providing detailed feedback to individuals, the squad and myself both during the games and after.

The information will be added to each player's USB stick as part of the feedback process. We look forward to working with 'the computer boys' again.

So the season is well and truly underway and my beloved Accrington Stanley are prolonging the football season by being in the League 2 play-offs.

The only good thing about this non-cricketing weather we are currently suffering from in the North is that it suits Accy Stanley. They are used to playing in the cold, the wind and the rain...although that's usually in November.

Thanks for reading. I hope your season is going well.

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