England cricketer Steve Finn inspires Herts youth squads
PUBLISHED: 17:57 19 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:16 20 February 2013
England and Middlesex bowler, Steve 'Finny' Finn returned fresh from playing for England in Sri Lanka to his hometown of Watford to inspire the rising stars of the Herts Cricket youth squads.
England and Middlesex bowler, Steve Finny Finn returned fresh from playing for England in Sri Lanka to his hometown of Watford to inspire the rising stars of the Herts Cricket youth squads.
Coming back to the place where he took his first cricketing steps, Steve made a special trip to be star guest at an exclusive event last night (April 19) to kick off the new cricket season. Hertfordshire Cricket organised the event in partnership with Watford Jaguar, as a reward to its Under 15 and Under 17 youth players, who had an exceptional season last year.
Steve said, It is fantastic to see such promising, young cricketing talent in my hometown. This season looks set to be a great year for these boys, I've really enjoyed spending some time with them and wish them all best of luck for the season ahead.
The event was hosted by local Jaguar dealership, Watford Jaguar, which is partner to Herts Cricket and has close connections with cricket at a national level, through Jaguars sponsorship of the England Cricket Team.
In a Q&A, where players were able to ask their hero their most burning questions ranging from What has been the most defining moment in your cricketing career to date? to What is it like sharing the same dressing room as Graeme Swann?! Finn revealed that some of his fondest memories have been from being at cricket grounds in Watford. He also talked about his ambitions to be the best bowler in the world and that he is often the butt of jokes in the dressing room.
At only 16, Steve was plucked from Watford to become Middlesex County Cricket Clubs youngest debutant in first-class cricket and made his England Test cricket debut in 2010. The following year he became the youngest Englishman to reach 50 test wickets. Now aged 23, Steve has experienced how quickly it is possible to rise to the heights of cricketing status, but hasnt forgotten where and when it all started, and was keen to share his experiences with the next generation of cricketing talent coming up through the club.
Last season saw the Under 15 and Under 17 teams at Herts Cricket reach dizzy heights with the Under 17 squad taking the ECB County Cup and the runners-up title for the ECB Championship and the Under 15s taking runners-up at the ECB County Cup. A number of individual players have also been singled out as potential stars with one player being selected by Middlesex and several other players picked out for training at top county clubs across the country.
Colin Chatfield, Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Cricket Board comments, We are bowled over to have Steve here tonight. Hes a perfect example to the boys of what they can achieve if they work hard and perform to their very best.
We have some very promising talent here at the club, including one player in particular, George Scott, who has just been chosen to play for Middlesex Under 17s, as Steve did back in 2005.Giving the boys the chance to meet Steve will be an inspiration to players like George, who have already shown they have the talent to go far.
Caleb Stewart, Vice-Captain of the U17s said, We were so excited when we heard Steve was coming tonight and alot of my mates were really jealous I was going to meet him. It has been brilliant to get some advice from him and getting a personal congratulations for winning the ECB County Cup is awesome.We just wish we could see him more often in Watford!
Fans can follow the fortunes of the Hertfordshire squads at www.hertscricket.org