Middlesex Cricket is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Borough Leads to work across the Ealing, Enfield/Barnet, and Inner London boroughs, including former England International spinner Monty Panesar.
The Borough Leads will work closely with clubs within their boroughs to identify and nominate talent to play in the county’s borough age group squads at under 10, under 12 and under 14 levels, building a winter training programme to develop youngsters over the coming months in advance of them playing in the borough fixture programme in 2022.
The three new appointments will work within a network of eight Borough Leads across the county, and will form a close working relationship with their Regional Head Coaches, to maximise opportunities for talented young cricketers to move through the player pathway towards Middlesex regional cricket representation.
Former England international Monty Panesar has been appointed to the Borough Lead role for the county’s Inner London boroughs, where he will have a big impact, inspiring and motivating the next generation of young cricketers on the Middlesex pathway. Panesar takes over the role from previous Borough Lead, James Fielding.
Ayzaz Hussain has been appointed Borough lead for Ealing, where he has been previously Lead Coach across all age groups, alongside being actively involved at his club, Ealing CC.
Jim Clarke has taken over the role at Enfield/Barnet where he has already had a significant impact within the clubs in the area, having previously coached and managed various age group sides for a number of years. Currently Director of Junior Cricket at Winchmore Hill CC as well as Development officer at both Enfield CC and at Southgate CC, Jim’s knowledge of young players within the borough is second to none and will be a huge asset to the borough programme.
On the three new appointments, Mark Lane, Assistant Head of Youth Cricket for Middlesex, commented:
“We are delighted to announce the three new Borough Leads, all who will add a huge amount to our youth programme. To be able to attract someone of Monty Panesar’s caliber and experience to the role speaks for itself, and the fact that two of the appointments have previously been involved for a number of years and therefore have a real understanding of the standard of player Middlesex Cricket is looking for at this level of our Player Pathway is hugely important.
“We would like to thank James Grigg, from Ealing Borough, and Peter Richards, from Enfield/Barnet Borough for their commitment and time in the roles previously. Both have been involved in Middlesex’s borough cricket programme since its inception and would have seen many players progress through the system.
“James Fielding has stepped aside from the Inner London Brough Cricket role after two 2 years due to personal reasons, however, he will be on hand to support Monty throughout the process.
“We are hugely excited with the three appointments we have made and are looking forward to them making a real impact in their new roles.”