Portsmouth’s young cricketers benefited from a coaching masterclass as three Hampshire players turned up to pass on some coaching tips.
The trio turned up at the city club’s St Helen’s venue and put on batting, fielding and bowling drills to more than 100 enthusiastic youngsters.
It was part of the county’s new initiative in supporting recreational cricket around the region.
And with Portsmouth selected as Hampshire’s club of the month, Sean Ervine, Brad Wheal and Sean Terry attended to put on the session to great success.
Ervine said: ‘Firstly, it was fantastic to see such a great turnout – their enthusiasm for cricket at such a young age is so refreshing to see.
‘It’s not often we get a chance to come to the Portsmouth area, but their support for us is always brilliant and hopefully that will continue moving forward.’
Ervine demonstrated some of his power hitting that will be on display in the club’s forthcoming Natwest T20 Blast campaign, which starts tomorrow night with a home clash against Essex.
And Portsmouth skipper Dave Henderson appreciated the special visit from the county professionals.
He said: ‘It was a really good event so thanks to everyone who came along and gave up their time.
‘We had more than 100 kids show up, which was brilliant and most of them went home with signatures all over their bats and shirts.
‘The Hampshire players were fantastic and brought along speed guns and slingshots for some high catching practice, which the kids loved.
‘It was a really nice atmosphere.
‘It’s great that someone like Sean Ervine gave up his time and the younger guys in Brad Wheal and Sean Terry were very enthusiastic as well.
‘It’s good to know that there is still so much interest from youngsters in our area.’