Lancashire County Cricket Club players are now back in England having completed a successful four (4) days of warm weather pre-season cricket and fitness training between Sunday 26th February – Thursday 2nd 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.
Glen Chappel (LCCC Head Coach), Sam Bryne (LCCC Team Physio) and Warren Hegg (LCCC Business Development Manager), accompanied eight (8) 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 2017 season.
LCCC Head Coach Glen Chappel commented: “It has been absolutely great for us to get some outdoor practice after a long winter of indoor training. The facilities have been outstanding and the service we have received has been first class. We already look forward to our next visit!”
Speaking of the grass wickets Glen remarked: “The wickets were a touch ‘spicy’ on day one but flattened out beautifully for the rest of the stay. The wickets lasted the full 4-days of heavy use, our ‘net’ wickets outside Old Trafford CG only last 3-days!
We are more than happy with the performance of the wickets, they are on a level with the ‘nets’ received at County Grounds back in England!”
The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity. Lancashire CCC players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy:
“Brilliant facilities.” Simon Kerrigan
“Top draw 4-days, definitely coming again!” Tom Bailey
“Brilliant trip, top class staff and an enjoyable week had by all.” Kyle Jarvis
“Brilliant facilities and great food!” Daniel Lamb
“Great facilities and impressed with the quality of the wickets.” Karl Brown
“Excellent facilities for cricket and golf and the villa we were accommodated in was excellent.” Josh Bohannon
Sam Bryne, Lancashire CCC Team Physio commented: “Desert Springs Resort is an outstanding venue for pre-season training, both the wickets and gym are brilliant, what a place for getting fit!”
Warren Hegg Lancashire CCC Business Development Manager added: “Desert Springs Resort is a first class facility with excellent customer service!”
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The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments and villas 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.
Lancashire CCC Pre-Season Winter Training Camp at Desert Springs Cricket Academy Back Row from Left to Right: Warren Hegg, Sam Bryne, Danny Lamb, Tom Bailey, Kyle Jarvis, Saquib Mahmood, Glen Chapple. Front row from Left to Right: Simon Kerrigan, Alex Davies, Josh Bohannon & Karl Brown