Leicestershire County Cricket Club at Desert Springs

 

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Dateline: 23rd March 2018
Source: Desert Springs Resort
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title:

Leicestershire County Cricket Club complete 5-day pre-season cricket training camp at Desert Springs Resort

   

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, Leicestershire County Cricket Club (Leicestershire CCC) are now back in the UK having completed their five (5) day pre-season warm weather training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

Between Saturday 17th – Thursday 22nd February Six (6) Leicestershire CCC management and coaching staff accompanied Sixteen (16) players who completed; grass net practice, both bowling and batting at the Cricket Academy, strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work at the Academy Ground and Gym at the Sierras Sports Club, and as part of their fitness programme the squad also completed a mountain bike trail route. The squad also benefited from the newly developed Cricket Ground at Desert Springs where they completed various practice sessions that included; throw downs, slip catch training and match simulations utilising the ground wicket.

Paul Nixon Leicestershire CCC Head Coach commented:

“An outstanding facility coupled with warm hospitable staff, all with a can-do attitude made our trip into a great experience for everyone. Impeccable service levels. Thank you. See you next year!”

Matt Mason, Leicestershire CCC Head Bowling Coach remarked:

“What a great environment to bring a team to. Great facilities which means players are happy and can focus on performance. Thank you to all the staff for making us feel so welcome.”

John Sadler Leicestershire CCC Assistant Coach remarked:

A fantastic facility. Exceptional staff and wonderful food. A superb environment to upskill as an individual and as a unit.”

Leicestershire CCC players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy:

Excellent facilities and very helpful and friendly staff.” Michael Carberry (Captain)

“Brilliant training camp at an ever-improving beautiful complex. Can’t wait to come back.” Paul Horton

“Brilliant facilities, very impressed with everything. Can’t wait to come back. A+” Lewis Hill

“Been great to get outdoors! Excellent facilities and very friendly and helpful staff.” Dieter Klein

“Brilliant all-round facilities with welcoming staff. Food is also of a very high quality. Hope to return one day soon.” Gavin Griffiths

“Very enjoyable and productive time at Desert Springs. Outstanding facilities and staff!” Tom Taylor

“Quality week. Cricket was excellent. High quality facilities.” Ben Raine

“Superb visit to Desert Springs. Great pitches. Food and service was excellent. Top class facilities.” Callum Parkinson

“Really enjoyed my time at Desert Springs. Service, food, and facilities were second to none.” Tom Wells

“Loved my time at Desert Springs. Outstanding service in all areas. Would highly recommend to anyone.” Rob Sayer

 “Massive thank you to everyone involved in the running of Desert Springs. Everything from the service, to accommodation, to the food, has been exceptional and made sure that we had a really productive training camp” Richard Jones

“Thank you to everybody who has made this pre-season trip amazing. I have loved every minute of it!” Ateeq Javid

“Thank you for the great time spent at Desert Springs. My second time here and even better than the first. Brilliant facilities and excellent food.” Neil Dexter

“Huge thanks to all at Desert Springs for making our stay so comfortable. Can’t wait to be back!” Aadil Ali

 

To view the video of the Desert Springs Cricket Academy Click Here

 

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in El Torrente restaurant.

 

For further information:

Kirk Lovell
+34 647 414 899
kl@almanzora.com

Leicestershire County Cricket Club at Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy for their 2018 Pre-Season training camp

 

 

Leicestershire CCC ‘Nets Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy

 

 

Leicestershire CCC fielding drills taking place at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground


 

Dateline: 20th February 2018
Source: Desert Springs Resort
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title:

Leicestershire County Cricket Club set to visit Desert Springs for Pre-Season Warm Weather Cricket Training Camp

   

Between Saturday 17th – Thursday 22nd March, Leicestershire County Cricket Club (Leicestershire CCC) will be following in the auspicious footsteps of Lancashire CCC by stepping up their preparations for their 2018 cricket campaign by attending a five (5) day pre-season training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

 

Leicestershire are currently in the second division of the County Championship and in Group C of the Pro40 one day league.

The team training camp will comprise a full squad of Twenty-Four (24) players, management and coaching staff, all of whom will be spending their time completing numerous training sessions each day.

Grass net practice, both bowling and batting will take place at the Cricket Academy, strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work will be completed at the Academy Ground and Gym at the Sierras Sports Club, and the squad will also be completing a trail route as part of their fitness work on mountain bikes during one day. The squad will also benefit from the newly developed Cricket Ground at Desert Springs where they will complete practice sessions that will include; throw downs, slip catch training and match simulations utilising the ground wicket.

Gavin Griffiths, Leicestershire CCC right-hand batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler has taken a philosophical approach to the winter training programme after having a setback at the end of last season. The paceman is normally in the process of cricket specific gym work as well as working on his bowling at this time of year. A routine end of season scan, however, showed Griffiths to have a stress response in his back which has provided the 24-year-old to exercise an alternate way of thinking.

“I’d never say that an injury is a blessing but it has given me the chance to look at my gym work in a new light,” said Griffiths. “Often the gym work is all cricket orientated but the injury has allowed me to focus on other aspects.”

Griffiths is now bowling again and will be ready to hit the ground running when the squad travel out to Desert Springs for their pre-season tour in March.

He said: “I can’t wait to get out there, bowling indoors is so different to outdoors and it will be great to be on grass again and get some overs in my legs. I’ve worked really hard on my rehab and our new Physio Will Garvey has come up with a ‘Get Back to Bowling Plan’ which I am sticking to in order to get back to full fitness.”

At the moment, the fast bowlers are working as a group with Griffiths, Richard Jones, Dieter Klein and Tom Taylor helping one another. There is further excitement in the squad with the arrival of new Head Bowling Coach Matt Mason.

Griffiths said: “We’re keeping it relatively simple because when bowling indoors it’s easy to get carried away trying to bowl too quickly. I hope that by the time we get to Desert Springs I will be 100%.”

Accommodation for the players and coaches is in some of the privately-owned apartments at Desert Springs Resort normally reserved for holidays and short breaks and the resort’s executive chef will be on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the resort’s Crocodile Club Restaurant.

 

To view the video of the Desert Springs Cricket Academy Click Here

 

For further information:
Kirk Lovell
+34 647 414 899
kl@almanzora.com