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8th December 2010

Joe Coyne reports back from Sydney

The Sunderland born 19 year old right hand batsman has played for Durham in the Under 15 and Under 17 age groups and made his Durham 2XI debut in 2009.  He was signed up to the Durham Academy in 2010 and also made a couple of appearances as twelfth man for the first team during the season.

“I am playing for Sydney Cricket Club during my time in Australia. It’s the same club that Mitchell Claydon plays for but he’s currently away in New Zealand playing t20 cricket for Canterbury. 

“I am really enjoying playing grade cricket, it’s a tough standard to play and they take their training very seriously.

“I haven’t played much cricket so far as the weather has been random, it will be hot for a few days, around 30 degrees, then from nowhere it will rain for three days. I have already had two games cancelled due to wet conditions.

“So far I have played five games with a top score of 66. I haven’t had much of a chance to bowl in games but am working hard on my off spin in the nets. 

“My aims for the winter are to produce bigger scores by giving myself a chance to get set at the crease at the beginning of my innings. I am also looking to work harder on my fitness and my strength to give me the best possible chance of keeping my concentration levels up at the crease.

“My weekly routine is going to the gym every morning, training Tuesday and Thursday nights and I also coach in the afternoon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s, which I am really enjoying.

“I am staying with a family of five in a place called St Ives. It is a beautiful house with a swimming pool in the back garden, which I use in my spare time. They have been great to me so far and have made me feel right at home.

“It’s my first time in Australia and I feel like I am gaining a lot of life experience whilst really enjoying playing cricket in the heat!”