Masters hoping to help Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 June 2015

David Masters of Essex (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

David Masters of Essex (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Essex bowler developing young talent

Essex ace David Masters is hoping to help Hornchurch unveil more young cricketing talent in Havering.

Masters signed a new one-year contract with the county this week, extending his stay until at least the end of the 2016 season.

But he is already thinking about what he might do once his playing days come to an end and said: “I’m hoping to either coach the younger generation in what I’ve learnt through cricket and help with the family business.

“A friend asked me to help with developing the youth at Hornchurch.

“I find Hornchurch a very passionate and enthusiastic club and I’m sure they will get to where they want to be in the near future.

“I’m hoping that I can help pass on my love and passion for cricket to the new up-and-coming young talented cricketers through Hornchurch.”

Masters signed for Essex in 2008 and has gone on to become the leader of their bowling attack.

At the end of the 2014 season he had taken 376 first-class wickets for Essex, at an average of 21.27, and he admits he has enjoyed some great times at the County Ground.

He added: “My best highlight would be winning the Lords final in 2008.

“The aim for this season is to hopefully win a few more trophies.

“I love the 20/20 format. It’s very enjoyable to play and I think it will only get bigger.”

The shorter format has grown in popularity among young cricketers in recent years and Masters has some good advice for any children hoping to progress in the sport.

He said: “I would say that it is very hard work being a cricketer so put as much time in to practicing your game and try and enjoy yourself.”

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