Cricket: Mark Alleyne
Former England international Mark Alleyne is in his first term as Cricket Professional and here he outlines his thoughts on pre-season training, developing players and aims for the future…
Having done around 30 pre-seasons in this country, the weather has been quite typical! We did have some rain showers which curtailed some training sessions and fixtures but it certainly hasn’t dampened the spirits of the group. The boys have worked really conscientiously and we have been outdoors at every opportunity.
Preparations for the season started at the back end of the Lent Term with training sessions and the boys returned early from their Easter break to begin pre-season training. They put in some extra work and it was great to have that time with them. Hopefully the rewards for that extra work will follow in the coming weeks and months.
My aims are to ensure Marlborough College continues to have a good cricketing environment and marry that up with the rest of the sporting environment around the College. I want this to be the sport that all young Marlburians want to play.
We have started a girls’ group and we had our very first session on Tuesday. We had 29 present and it’s something we will continue to develop.
This term will be the first time to assess the new Shell pupils and some of them will of course be a part of the XI at some stage of their years here. I have taken a keen interest in how they start their cricket here and how we can progress them through. Equally as important is making sure that the lower cricketing groups can come out and enjoy playing the sport. We are keen for pupils to stay in the game and support it, which will be healthy for cricket at the College going forward.
I get great enjoyment from coaching players who have made a commitment to playing the game. My aim is to pass on my knowledge and expertise. In doing that we can create better teams and develop characters.
We have a tremendous facilities here right in the heart of Wiltshire and watching the boys and girls out playing cricket gives me great pleasure. Earlier this week we had a group of Shell looking on, watching with interest what’s happening on the XI.
That’s the kind of image that will stay with me and hopefully we can give those Yearlings players something to aspire to, so one day they too will be performing on the XI.
About Mark Alleyne
The former Gloucestershire all-rounder was appointed as the new Cricket Professional at Marlborough in November 2015.
He won ten ODI caps for England between 1999 and 2000 and captained the record breaking Gloucestershire limited over side of the early 2000s.
He became one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year in 2001 and was awarded an MBE in 2004. Since retiring, 47-year old Alleyne has been Head Coach at both Gloucestershire and then the MCC.