FORMER Australian One-Day International cricketer Mark Higgs has been busy hosting cricket clinics this week.
Higgs hosted a three-day development clinic, with two days in Bega on Wednesday and yesterday, while the clinic travels to Berrambool Oval, Merimbula, today.
Higgs spoke to the Bega District News yesterday and said he was really pleased with the numbers for the clinic.
“It’s been a pleasing turnout for boys on the South Coast,” Higgs said.
“I think there are a few extra coming down to Merimbula [today].
“The word of mouth got out so it’s a great turnout for the clinic.
“I think its good for cricket development in the region.”
When asked if he would run the clinic again Higgs said he was already in talks with the Bega-Angledale Cricket Club to be part of a week-long event in Bega next year which would coincide with the Bendigo Bank Big Bash.
“We’re actually looking at running a cricket week in January next year.
“We will play a T20 match and Blake [Dean] and myself will play for the two different regions.”
Higgs said the clinic in January was just speculation at this point, but was confident it would go ahead.
“We’re still in the planning of it and we’ll bring a few guys down and fit in with the local blokes to hopefully play a bit of a twilight match.”
The Bega-Angledale Cricket Club had been integral to generating interest for the clinic and promoting next year’s Big Bash event, Higgs told the BDN.
“We’ve had plenty of support from Dave Allen, he’s been fantastic,” he said.
It was through Allen’s interest the clinic went ahead as he was taking cricketers to Canberra to learn from Higgs at Manuka Oval.
“Dave told me about the lack of the cricket coaching they have down in the area.
“That’s how we got the clinic rolling.
“And now we’re looking at running clinics all through Southern NSW,” Higgs said.
With the high number of clinics for AFL and rugby league in the local area Higgs said it was unfortunate there hadn’t been more cricket training in the area.
“I think it’s something that people have been crying out for.
“There is alot of rugby league and AFL development down here.
“With cricket being our biggest sport, it’s a bit of a shame you’ve been missing out,” he said.