Jenny Laycock Looks Forward to the New Season
Paul Edwards speaks to Jenny Laycock ahead of the cricket season for the Lancashire Women & Girls squads.
Rishton's Jennifer Laycock is hoping that a youthful Lancashire Girls Under 19 team will have learned valuable lessons from their first ever visit to Dubai.
The Red Rose side won two of their four games and finished fifth out of the eight teams who competed in the Dubai Sports Arabia Under 19 festival, but Laycock, who coached the team with Stephen Titchard, is more concerned with the long-term benefits from the trip.
And as Lancashire's Women and Girls Cricket Development Officer, she is also well-placed to offer an overview of both the Dubai trip and the prospects for the coming season.
"The Dubai festival was a great success and many girls benefitted from the competition," Laycock said. "All but three of the side were aged between 13 and 17 and all the players learned a lot about themselves. They found out what's needed at the highest level and they began to discover ways to get themselves there.
"Stephen and I found it a great experience to get to know the players better, push them out of their comfort zone and monitor their progress over a week.
"It's the longest period we've spent with the girls and it allowed us to work on areas we cannot normally cover due to time restrictions in the UK. We had a huge age range to work with, which made it a challenge for both coaches and players.
"For their part, the girls, had to learn to adapt to a different environment and get used to working with each other over there."
Laycock's attention will now turn to the domestic season in which she will be captaining Lancashire's first team, coaching the Under 13 side and playing club cricket, all in addition to her many duties at Old Trafford.
It's a programme of work which might daunt the less committed, but Laycock is buoyed by the talent of the Red Rose squads right across the age range.
"We have a strong Under 15 side who made it through to the national semi-finals last year, while the Under 13s have a tough task with Lancashire having been national champions in this age group in the past two years.
"The Under 17s surprised a few people by also winning the UK title in 2012 but we've only lost a couple of players, so we have high expectations at this level too. With the introduction of the Under 19 team, who will play friendly games, we now have a lot of girls representing the county from Under 11s through to the senior side."
Written by: Paul Edwards
For fixtures of the Lancashire Women and Lancashire Girls squads visit: LCB County Fixtures 2013.
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