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Wanstead girls given a real treat as England captain Heather Knight visits Overton Drive thanks to Saba Nasim

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 September 2016

Wanstead Cricket Club had a special visit from England captain Heather Knight

Wanstead Cricket Club had a special visit from England captain Heather Knight

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Knight showed girls in attendance how to do reverse and slop sweep and played alongside talented youngsters in small games

England captain Heather Knight held a Q&A at Wanstead Cricket ClubEngland captain Heather Knight held a Q&A at Wanstead Cricket Club

It is not everyday the current captain of England comes to your club to go through drills and answer questions, but that is what Wanstead were able to enjoy on Saturday.

Heather Knight visited Overton Drive at the weekend and put on a free coaching session in addition to giving advice to those attending.

Girls from Wanstead and the charity Chance2Shine, plus members of clubs from the Essex County Cricket Board, witnessed 25-year-old Knight showing off her skills.

She also sat down with the youngsters and answered various questions about her England career as well as other topics.

Wanstead’s Saba Nasim organised the event for the international to visit her local club and was delighted with how the day went.

“Heather did reverse sweep drills and the slog sweep. Everybody loves the fancy shots so the kids all enjoyed doing the manoeuvres,” said Nasim.

“She also did a bit of bowling with the girls and we played a few games where everyone faced a ball from her and a couple of people were lucky enough to bat with her too.

“The Q&A session was really good and lasted around 15 minutes. Some of the girls were asking Heather about what a typical day for her involves and what it is like playing for England. It was a great day.”

Nasim managed to get England’s captain to visit Overton Drive after being involved in the creation of her unique brand the ‘Heather Knight Collection’ in 2016.

The talented Wanstead and Club Cricket Conference batter has been to several local places to explain the benefit of Knight’s equipment, aimed at women involved in cricket, and has used some of it herself.

“It started off because she has her own cricket collection which is with Cricket Deal Direct. It is equipment which is tailored specifically to the needs of female cricketers and I have some keeper gloves,” added Nasim.

“This year I was out trying to promote Heather’s brand and putting on sessions to help spread awareness, so I said to her could she come down to Wanstead and we have had this visit planned for months.

“Hopefully we can do a few more events like this, but it was great for her to come to Wanstead. Everybody enjoyed the day.”


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