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Two Durham students selected for World Cricket Academy

(1 April 2005)

Dan Shilvock (College of St Hild and St Bede, Combined Social Sciences) and Alastair Maiden (Collingwood College, Management) have been selected to train with the World Cricket Academy in India.

Both part of the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), they each receive £3,000 to further their cricket, part of which has funded this ten-day intensive training course. Other students on this scheme based on their involvement in the sport of cricket are Will Smith (Collingwood, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry) and Lee Daggett (John Snow, Sport, Health and Exercise).

With six hours of cricket a day, the World Cricket Academy really gives the students a chance to focus completely on their cricket, and iron out any technical problems they might be having.

With access to the best facilities and expert coaching, the WCA tries to accomplish the following vision, “to experience and learn the skills of cricket and its unique cultures in a variety of different countries.”

Their time in the academy also includes a one-day, 40-over match against a local club side on the Sunday. Dan Shilvock said, “It’s a great opportunity to play in another continent and in different conditions.” It also gives them a chance to encounter different styles.

Other players who have attended the academy include England players Andrew Strauss and James Foster.

Both students are delighted with this chance to work on their game, and would like to give their thanks to Graeme Fowler, the senior cricket coach, who has helped them immensely.

The program at Durham University is such that it gives students the opportunity to maintain a good level of cricket, and at the same time obtain a good degree. Both Dan and Alastair hope their time at Durham might be the springboard to a county contract.

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