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WINTER: Hobden selected as part of Potential England Performance Programme


Sussex’s Matthew Hobden will travel to South Africa next month for a fast bowling camp which is part of the Potential England Performance Programme (PEPP).

Sixteen young England fast bowlers from across the men’s and women’s development programmes will travel to the High Performance Institute of Sport in Potchefstroom over the next month to take part in intensive skill based and strength and conditioning training camps.

The group also includes Sussex’s Paige Scholfield and Tara Norris who form part of the England Women’s Development Programme Under-19’s.

21 year-old Hobden made his LV=County Championship debut last summer against Nottinghamshire at Hove and went on to play two further four-day matches, against Northamptonshire and Yorkshire. He made his List A bow the previous season whilst he made his first NatWest T20 Blast appearance against Essex at Chelmsford last July.

For the men, Hobden will be joined by five other Potential England Performance Programme (PEPP) bowlers; Somerset duo Lewis Gregory and Jamie Overton, Craig Miles of Gloucestershire, Middlesex’s Harry Podmore and Olly Stone of Northamptonshire, who will all arrive in South Africa on Monday 2nd February and spend 18 days training under the guidance of PEPP Head Coach, Neil Killeen.

The PEPP players – who have an average age of 21 – have been selected for the programme by England Performance Programme (EPP) Lead Fast Bowling Coach, Kevin Shine. The 2014-2015 programme started in October, with the six players primarily training as a group at the National Cricket Performance Centre (NCPC) in Loughborough throughout the winter. Hobden and the other PEPP bowlers will be hoping to emulate the likes of Sussex’s Chris Jordan, who is a graduate of the programme.

Shine said: “The 18 days that the PEPP guys will spend in South Africa next month represents the culmination of a long winter of hard training indoors and in the gym at the NCPC in Loughborough. Led by Neil Killeen, the programme is designed to develop the players physically, mentally and technically, so they can improve as cricketers and realise their full potential.”

Ahead of the PEPP fast bowlers arriving in Potchefstroom in February, a mixture of high potential seam bowlers from the England Women’s Academy (EWA) and England Women’s Development Programme Under-19s (EWDP U19) will take part in the first ever England women’s performance pathway fast bowling camp from January 26 – February 5. EWDP U19 Head Coach, Salliann Briggs, will lead the ten day training camp, supported by Glamorgan’s David Harrison.

ECB’s Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor said: “Since the professionalisation of the England women’s team last year, significant developments have been introduced across the England women’s performance pathway. We have to enhance the development of the players in the programmes beneath the England squad, and the fast bowling camp to Potchefstroom represents the latest step in this plan.”

Paige Scholfield (above) and Tara Norris from the Sussex Women's setup have also been selected for the training camps in South Africa

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