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Tuesday 5 March 2013

Alumni: Somerset Cricket

We caught up with Josh Lawrence, a Sports Coaching and Development graduate, to find out more about his involvement with Somerset cricket.

What is your biggest sporting achievement?

Scoring 5 second team county hundreds.

What is your proudest moment of your cricket career?

Being in the squad for the England under 15/16 team.

You were given a sport scholarship this year. How did you get it and what benefits do you get from it?

I got it through playing at a high level of cricket and I am luckily enough not to pay academic fees throughout the first year at Southampton Solent University. I will then pay 50% of them for the rest of my academic studies.

How do you manage to balance progression with your degree and the high expectation of you as a High Performance cricketer?

I balance my studies, and my cricket well, due to having a lot of spare time, this is not really an issue.

What are your thoughts on the University’s recent partnership with the Ageas Bowl Indoor Cricket School?

I think it is a brilliant addition to Sport Solent as now we have a certified place to train whilst also being able to replicate some of Hampshire CCC’S drills.

How is the Team Solent cricket squad shaping up for the 2013 season?

Overall we are very raw but we have talented players. However, we lack in experience but with some coaching and hard training there is no reason why we cannot compete at the highest level of university cricket.

What is the provision for cricket like at Southampton Solent University?

We get funding and are looked after well with regards to coaching, transport and accommodation. I would love to see the players “buy into” all the opportunities that Team Solent cricket offers. This pre-season I have made a point of making sure all players use everything on offer to hopefully be better conditioned, drilled, and have more skills come the first game of the season.

Do you think Southampton Solent University can recruit some strong cricketers now that Sport Solent is managing the Ageas Bowl Indoor Cricket School?

It is local, and also offers a good cricket centre. Hopefully, with this new partnership, a strong relationship will arise with Hampshire Cricket. Sport Solent might get the chance to offer more sports scholarships – this can only enhance the chance of acquiring new players.

Have you got any cricket superstitions?

Ha ha, yes I have to put the right pad on first, tap the bat down 3 times before the ball is bowled; at the end of the over tap my bat 3 times, THE LIST GOES ON! I’m not OCD but there is a certain problem there.