More than 350 players and their parents were present at the Aldridge Foundation junior cricket presentation evening at the County Ground, Hove last week.
The Foundation sponsors Sussex Cricket’s boys and girls junior and Academy squads and Sussex Women. Sir Rod was guest of honour at the event, presenting the county and Academy squad player of the year awards.
The event recognised the achievements of the Sussex boys’ area, district, county and Academy squads during the 2017 season, with awards presented to standout players. Those assembled in the listened to former Sussex CCC fast bowler Lewis Hatchett speak of his journey from young cricketer to county professional and his life since retiring from the sport.
Sussex Cricket’s Academy Director, Carl Hopkinson said: “It’s testament to the state of youth cricket in Sussex that we had so many players and parents in attendance. A big thanks to Sir Rod and the Aldridge Foundation for making the evening possible and their continued support of our junior cricket programme. Huge congratulations to all the winners on the night and everyone that has represented their area, district or county in 2017. “A special mention for the Under-17s who were only denied the national three-day championship because of the weather. I’d like also to draw attention to the number of boys playing and succeeding above their age group. It’s a real indication of the strength of junior cricket in the county.”
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