THE Cricket Asylum in Sowerby Bridge is going from strength to strength and is now firmly on the map for many young cricketers from Huddersfield.
Huddersfield New College Academy have been using the Asylum for some time, and will again be attending throughout the winter, while several Drakes League clubs are also visitors.
The Asylum was the first place in the world to have PitchVision installed permanently (since followed by Lord’s and a venue in New Zealand) and clubs like Golcar, Skelmanthorpe and Hall Bower have been using the centre.
Another club, and their coaches, to have benefited from the coaching and facilities there are Barkisland, who recently won the Drakes League’s Frank Platt Championship to gain promotion into the Premiership.
One of the bigger names to have used the Asylum as his training base in recent months is former Yorkshire, Lancashire and England player Ajmal Shahzad as he bids to regain full fitness and firm up a county contract for next season.
“Ajmal was amazed to find such a high-class centre with player performance technology situated in an old industrial mill, tucked away in West Yorkshire,” said the Asylum’s head coach Matthew Dawson.
“He thought the state of the art equipment and set-up was superb.”
The primary aim of the Cricket Asylum is the coaching side of the business, and they run a large range of coaching and courses for all ages and abilities.