Welwyn Garden City star Hewitt plans for county's future

PUBLISHED: 12:38 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:02 26 October 2009

James Hewitt bowling for WGC

James Hewitt bowling for WGC

WGC cricketer James Hewitt is confident Herts will develop more exciting talent in the game. The former Middlesex and Kent star gave a presentation at the Herts County Cricket Association AGM outlining steps for the future. All-rounder Hewitt, who starred

James Hewitt batting at Digswell Park

WGC cricketer James Hewitt is confident Herts will develop more exciting talent in the game.

The former Middlesex and Kent star gave a presentation at the Herts County Cricket Association AGM outlining steps for the future.

All-rounder Hewitt, who starred for WGC last season claiming the league's leading batsman prize, spoke of his five-year plan to develop the county's talent.

The new coach has laid out targets to develop more young Herts cricketers into first-class performers and in the process to improve the Minor Counties' results along the way.

Optimism could be felt by the fact that for the first time county membership has exceeded the 1,000 mark and that nearly 2,000 junior matches were organised in Herts last year.

The AGM also saw the re-election of David Beynon as president and Alistair Buchanan as chairman - both ex-captains of WGC.

There were special accolades for several of WGC's young cricketers.

Dan Blacktopp on his 18th birthday had last season scored Herts' only century in the Minor Counties League.

Jamie Southgate and Andy Nolan received awards as the best Under-17 players, with Nolan's batting average of 46.2 being especially praised.

Liam Mitchell was named bowler of the year in the Under-14 category.

With Hewitt to mentor the young players on and off the field, there should be further rapid progress for WGC in 2009.

The Digswell Park club kick off their Home Counties Premier League campaign against Oxford on May 9.

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