Lancashire cricketer a big hit at kids coaching session

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LESS than 24 hours after being at the centre of controversy with a bizarre run-out, England and Lancashire star Jos Buttler was in Knutsford to give youngsters a few tips with the bat.

Buttler visited the Knutsford store Barrington Sports to speak to children and give them one-on-one sessions in the nets, and says there could be some rising stars in the town.

He said; “We’ve been teaching a lot of the kids the scoop shot and I’ve been really impressed with the standard and how easily they picked it up.

“There’s been a lot of impressive youngsters, there was a lad called Tom who did the scoop shot first and had a few tricks of his own which was good to see.”

The England and Lancashire keeper-batsman was keen to encourage the youngsters to get involved in the sport.

Buttler added: “Looking back to when I was young I felt really lucky to meet some of the guys who I watched on TV or play live and it really spurs you on to keep playing when you meet them so hopefully I can do the same for these kids in Knutsford.”

James Wall, Barrington Sports director, said: “It’s amazing to get someone as big as Jos here, we were surprised to get him here in his busy schedule at the minute but he agreed to come along and it’s been a huge success.

“There has been so much interest with bookings for the coaching sessions ever since we announced it but it went crazy after his century last week.”

Buttler has been name on all cricket fans lips after his superb century on Saturday, June 31, in the one day series against Sri Lanka before his controversial dismissal, leaving many speculating whether he will get a place in the test series.

Speaking about his century, Buttler said: “It made me immensely proud to play for England and at Lords and get a hundred, looking back it would be hard to top in my career.”

When asked ‘what happened last night?’ by one of the youngsters being coached, Buttler replied: “Something I hope I never see happen in any of your games.”

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