Nixon guests at Ashville cricket course

Former England cricketer Paul Nixon with Flintoff Cricket Academy participants (from left) Tom Peakman, ten, Alfred Grasby, ten, and Freddie Blashford-Bell, seven.

Former England cricketer Paul Nixon with Flintoff Cricket Academy participants (from left) Tom Peakman, ten, Alfred Grasby, ten, and Freddie Blashford-Bell, seven.

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VETERAN England wicket-keeper Paul Nixon dropped into Harrogate’s Ashville College to help young cricketers improve their bowling, batting and catching skills.

The former Leicestershire, Kent and MMC player was the latest professional “guest coach” to attend the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy, which was held for a fifth time at the independent school.

During his visit, Nixon demonstrated the skills which have seen him competing at the highest level, as well as offering encouragement and spending time signing autographs for the youngsters.

He is the fifth top name to visit the academy. Previous guest coaches have included academy founder, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson and former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent.

Krista Braithwaite, Ashville Trading Business Development Manager, said: “Yet again we are delighted the Flintoff Cricket Academy chose Ashville to host this increasingly popular summer school.

“We have great indoor and outdoor facilities ensuring whatever the weather the young participants will get the most out of the week. Paul was just great and the children leaned some really useful tips from him.”