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Myerscough Cricket bowled over by new coach Ric

Monday 9 Oct 2023

England international fast bowler, Ric Gleeson is coaching cricket students at Myerscough’s Old Trafford centre.


The fast bowler is working with the students in weekly coaching sessions through the winter.

Ric, who has six T20I caps to his name for England, previously worked as a cricket studies lecturer and coach at Myerscough’s main Preston campus.

In recent year, Ric has specialised in white ball cricket, and was selected for England on the back of being leading English wicket-taker in the 2022 Blast competition with 23 wickets, including a career-best 5-33 against Worcestershire Rapids, earning him his international call up.

After coming through the Lancashire Academy system, Ric made his debut for the Red Rose in 2018, joining from Northants, and playing in all three formats – First Class, List A and T20.

His form earned him a call up to the England Lions squad in early 2018, making his debut against the West Indies before featuring in the North-South series in Barbados, before receiving another Lions call-up early in 2020 for the series in Australia and has earned contracts in franchise cricket around the world, including with Melbourne Renegades in Australia’s Big Bash and in the T10 League.

Ric said: ‘’I started off a coach before I turned pro so I’ve always had that at the back of my mind that that’s what I wanted to do, give back a little bit and try and develop young players to help them reach the highest level they’re capable of.

‘’I had an alternative route into the game and didn’t make my professional debut until I was 25, which is hopefully something that our students can learn from.

‘’For me, as a player, I went to a new level because of the qualifications I gained.

‘’So, for our students, hopefully there are some good players there, but it’s also about thinking can we create some good coaches, and other routes into professional sport. Here, they have access to coaching, sports science, strength and conditioning and everything they need to get to the next level (of their career).

‘’The quality of teaching and coaching at Myerscough was already really high so for me to come in as well just enhances that. It’s all about setting our own standards, that’s something that’s really important.’’

Andrew Massey, lecturer in cricket at Myerscough’s Old Trafford centre, said: ‘’We are delighted to announce that Ric will be joining the team this winter to work with our seamers.

‘’We are forever looking at ways to improve our student offer and experience and believe Richard will play an active integral part in to developing our students skills sets this winter.’’

Find out more about the cricket studies options available at our Preston and Old Trafford centres here