1960 – Youth Cricket Coaching at Basildon

Representatives from eleven affiliated cricket and youth clubs welcomed famous England and Essex cricketer Trevor Bailey when he officially opened the cricket coaching course at Timberlog Secondary School on Friday (22nd January 1960).

Mr. Ron Firmin, chairman of the cricket section of the Basildon Sports Council introduced Trevor Bailey who dispensed with the preliminaries, and got straight down to giving the lads some batting and bowling tips. Afterwards, he chatted informally with the cricket students before the Coaches took over again. Senior Instructor was Mr. S. G. Smith of the Westcliff Cricket Club, a qualified cricket coach.

Coaching at Timberlog School, 1960

Trevor Bailey watches coach Mr. D. E. Jones putting the young batsmen through their paces at Timberlog School

The cricket training evening was a recognised Evening Institute course run under the direction of the County Education Committee, and was open for all local clubs to participate.

Mr. Percy Mallett, Chairman of the Sports Council, and the Secretary, Mr. Peter Lucas, Mr. Huckeby, Secretary of the Cricket Section, Mr. V Robson, Headmaster of Timberlog School, and Mr. D. Hughes, Youth Employment Officer, were present to meet Trevor Bailey and support the opening of the Cricket Course.

Michael Thomas at Timberlog School, 1960

Michael Thomas – new to cricket and a member of Basildon CC – in the nets at Timberlog School

Acknowledgements
Ken Evens (South Essex District Cricket Board)
Basildon News (editions dated 2nd February and 5th April 1960)