Cricket @ Desert Springs

Mark Davies (4th from left) Sussex CCC Club Coach with Sussex County Cricket Club players: Lewis Harchett, Ashar Zaidi, Chris Liddle, James Anyon, Steve Magoffin, Jon Lewis & Matthew Hobden.


Sussex County Cricket Club players are now back in England having completed a successful 12 days of warm weather fitness and cricket training between 26th February & 10th March at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated Cricket Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.


Mark Davies, Sussex CCC Coach and his team of two staff accompanied eight players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2014 season.


Mark Davies, Sussex CCC Club Coach said:

“We have experienced and benefitted from great hospitality, top quality food and excellent cricket practice facilities here at Desert Springs Resort. In my opinion the Desert Springs Cricket Academy has the potential to become an extremely sought after location for elite cricket training camps.”


‘Spinning Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy

  ‘Batsman Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy

                          ‘Batting Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy


Sussex CCC player Matthew Hobden remarked of the Cricket Academy:

 “Desert Springs Resort is excellent for a pre-season training camp. The food was excellent and the Gym had everything we needed for working out; the wickets played very well and most importantly gave us a chance to get used to bowling on grass in advance of the start of the season!”



The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity.


Sussex CCC player James Anyon remarked of his experience:

Desert Springs is both a great location and facility for a pre-season winter training camp.

The food and hospitality provided to us all was fantastic and I look forward to returning in the future!”