CRICKETERS in Calderdale will have the chance to use the latest training technology before professionals at Lord’s, the home of cricket.
The Cricket Factory, at Asquith Bottom Mills, Sowerby Bridge, will feature the PitchVision system, which uses sensors to measure the speed and accuracy of bowling.
It opened its doors this week to showcase the hi-tech system which is soon to be installed at the nets of historic Lord’s cricket ground, London.
Chris Berry, managing director at The Cricket Factory, said: “The counties use this technology but it’s never been available to the general public before.”
The 36-year-old, from Mytholmroyd, spent 15 years living in London before moving back north to start a family.
He plays cricket at Hebden Bridge Cricket Club and decided to create the training centre based around PitchVision and saw Calderdale as the ideal base.
“I looked at how many clubs there are within 20 miles and found there are 200,” he said. “There are more cricket clubs in Yorkshire than in the whole of Australia.
“We’re halfway between Headingley and Old Trafford and the desire for cricket is fantastic.
“I used to own the StickCricket website and through that I got to know people in the cricketing world,” he said.
“I approached PitchVision and asked them to help put the centre together based on their technology.”
He is hopeful that as well as helping established clubs, the centre will develop talented young cricketers who could go on to be stars.
“It’s an absolutely amazing opportunity to develop skills and become better cricketers.”
“It’s a world first in terms of what we are putting together with PitchVision.”
A one-hour session on one of the lanes will cost just £20.
To book go to www.thecricketfactory.co.uk or call 01422 883 709.