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Cricket catches youngsters' imaginations thanks to Rovers pair

Joe Nuttall and Adam Armstrong pay special visit to All Saints School

22 January 2018

It was all fun and games in the best possible sense as striking duo Adam Armstrong and Joe Nuttall made the short trip to Clayton-le-Moors All Saints Primary School to find out how their pupils are benefiting from Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's cricket coaching.

Thanks to a mutually beneficial partnership with the sports development team at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, staff from the local authority and our official charity's primary education team combine to provide specialist training in a wide range of sports and dance under the Premier League Primary Stars banner, with All Saints opting into the summer sport coaching option we provide.

The pair were making their first 'on the road' community visit since their Ewood arrivals on a damp day where rain would normally have stopped play, but thanks to the school's indoor facilities, the session went ahead in a hall packed full of excited youngsters.

After a Question & Answer session, it wasn't long before the players were showing the children how it's done, going head-to-head in a number of fielding and match-play challenges.

Joe gave his team a fractional head start in the fielding drills, but Adam showed his prowess with the bat when it came to the end of match. The light fittings in the hall were at risk as Armstrong opened up to play an expansive drive, but Nuttall couldn't quite achieve a similar grandstand stroke when he was sent to the crease needing four to win off the final ball, ensuring that Team Armstrong won by the narrowest of margins!

"I was trying to smash the ceiling lights," joked the victor, when asked about a stroke that would have made Jos Buttler or Joe Root proud.

"I played cricket when I was little, growing up through school, so it was good to come here and help these kids out.

"They all loved it - that's the main thing. We were able to put a smile on their faces and enjoyed the afternoon."

Despite having much less experience of the bat and ball game, Nuttall also expressed his enjoyment for his trip, adding in self-depreciating fashion: "I was never very good at cricket when I was younger and I'm obviously not getting any better!"

Will Adam 'drive' one past the Northampton keeper or will Joe get the better of the Cobblers defence with plenty of 'runs'? Find out by joining us for #OneRovers Day at Ewood Park on Saturday for the visit of Northampton Town.

Buy your individual match ticket or a 'Top 10' bundle covering the remainder of the season online via www.eticketing.co.uk/onerovers/ or by calling us on 01254 372000.


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