A YOUNG cricket star had his opponents in a spin after helping a county side win a tournament in Dubai.
Tynemouth Cricket Club’s young spin bowler Oliver McGee was part of the Durham Young Academy Nissan Gulf Cup triumph.
The Durham side, all under 15, carried off the title despite it being an under 17 competition.
And 14-year-old Oliver, a pupil at Marden High School, played an important role and was among the wickets – as he was last season for Tynemouth.
The ten day competition, supplemented by additional friendlies, was played in the desert conditions that took their toll on the full England team who were in the region at the time.
The side played seven fixtures with Oliver’s contribution 6-96 over the games he played showing his undoubted potential.
After returning home last week, he said: “Academy Coaches John Windows and Ali Maiden were great.
“They challenged us all to improve ourselves and keep setting goals to improve.
“I was given the responsibility to set my own fields and think far more about the game and I know the areas I have to work hard on over the next few years if I want to progress.”
Oliver was more animated about the experience of the trip itself, swapping the ravages of the north east winter for the desert conditions in Dubai.
“It was amazing, the most phenomenal experience ever, a different world,” he said.
“The hospitality was really good and we stayed in a seven star hotel.”
Oliver was also quick to thank Tynemouth CC, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland Youth Cricket Trust for their financial assistance in supporting him to make the trip.
With the season now only two months away Ollie now restarts his practice with the Tynemouth senior squad having broken into the Premier League first team side last season.
n Tynemouth Cricket Club’s Senior Nets have commenced on Wednesdays at the Newcastle Cricket Centre, South Northumberland Cricket Club, Jesmond, from 9pm to 10pm.
Sessions will be run up to March 28, when training will be moved outdoors.
New members are invited to attend. There is a cost of £4 per session.
To confirm attendance or ask any questions contact Ben Debnam on 07595 298196 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For the induction group – under-11s, under-13s and under-15s – the Spring Indoor Coaching Sessions will run on consecutive Sundays from Sunday, February 26, to Sunday, April 1, at Burnside School, St Peter’s Road, Wallsend.
The cost of the six sessions will be £30 per child, or £50 for a sibling pair/group.
Group ‘A’ – induction/under-11 (school Year 6, or under); noon to 1.30pm;
Group ‘B’ – under-13 (school Years 7 and 8); 1.30pm to 3pm;
Group ‘C’ – under-15 (school Years 9 and 10); 3pm to 4.30pm.
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