On Monday 21st August, we were lucky to host a Special Guest Master Class with a whole cluster of Diamonds. In attendance were seasoned internationals Katherine Brunt, Lauren Winfield, Sophie Devine, Sune Luus, Chamari Athapaththu and upcoming England Academy talents Hollie Armitage and Alice Davidson-Richards. The All-Rounder Master Class was designed to give the lucky attendees the chance to learn vital batting and bowling tips from the worlds leading cricketers. But to kick off proceedings the Diamonds took everyone through an authentic Diamond warm up – a frantic game of football!
The first half of the session revolved around hitting hard down the ground, with each of the international top order batsmen explaining the differences in their respective techniques. With input from England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and South Africa it just goes to show all the different methods that get taught globally, with everyone finding success in a manner that suits them. Simple tennis ball drills, as demonstrated by Yorkshire Diamonds Captain and opening batsmen Lauren Winfield (pictured right) showed the young cricketers it’s all about hand speed rather than power. Something they all agreed on was; move late, move fast.
“I try to follow Brendan McCullums mentality – go out there and play your best game. There’s going to be successes and there’s going to be failures, it’s all about accepting that.” – New Zealand International, Sophie Devine.
The second half of the session moved on to bowling techniques, lead by England World Cup winner and Yorkshire Diamonds opening bowler Katherine Brunt. The girls really wanted this session to focus on trying something new, after all T20 cricket is all about innovation. Slower balls and yorkers are arguably one of the most dangerous deliveries in the modern game, when performed well! In Brunt and Alice Davidson-Richards (ADR), we have two of the best proponents of the slower ball in the Super League to demonstrate and pass on their knowledge. Both girls manage to deliver the ball from the back of the hand with only a very subtle change in their actions. It was great to see everyone buy into trying out the new skills and not being afraid to fail a few times!
“Yorkers are the most successful ball to bowl, but the most difficult. You’re literally inches away from winning or losing the game.” – Katherine Brunt
The course ended with our Diamonds choosing a Course MVP to receive a Yorkshire shirt, but they were such a fantastic group they chose 2 winners! We sincerely thank the Diamonds for giving up their much deserved rest time to come and inspire and teach the next generation. We’re delighted to be able to offer these opportunities thanks to our sponsorship of the Yorkshire Diamonds.