Under blue skies at Headingley students from the Yorkshire Cricket College were treated to an unforgettable lunchtime experience.
Yorkshire and England batter, Jonny Bairstow, was spotted having a net session recently as he prepared for his comeback after breaking his leg on a golf course last September. As the sun shone down on the field, the students gathered in the stands to watch the world-class batsman in action.
To the surprise of the students, Jonny called out to them and asked if they fancied bowling to him. Three volunteers stepped forward, cheered on by their classmates. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the young cricketers to bowl to one of the best in the world.
Despite the pressure of the situation, the students bowled with determination and skill. Jonny was impressed with the standard of bowling, and showed great respect to the students, taking their efforts seriously and playing his shots in a fair and positive manner.
It was an incredible experience for the learners, who were thrilled to have the chance to bowl to at one of the games true superstars.
“I can’t believe I just bowled to Jonny Bairstow! He’s one of my cricketing heroes, and this is an experience I’ll never forget. It’s amazing to have access to such incredible facilities and coaching here at the Yorkshire Cricket College, and to have the chance to meet a professional player like Jonny is just unreal. I’m so grateful for this opportunity,” said one of the students from the Yorkshire Cricket College.
The Yorkshire Cricket College provides a fantastic opportunity for aspiring cricketers to continue their education whilst developing their skills in a professional environment.
Although seeing Yorkshire and England cricketers on site is common, the chance to pit their wits against one of the best in the business in the form of Jonny Bairstow is not an everyday occurrence and adds to the excitement and enthusiasm for the sport, inspiring the next generation of cricketing talent to achieve their dreams.