Aspiring Northern Tasmanian cricketers will get the rare opportunity to pick the brains of an international and state cricketer in a one-off cricket clinic.
The former Zimbabwean international Tawanda Mupariwa and former Tasmanian Tiger Mark Divin will host a group of 8 to 13-year-olds to teach them tips and tricks to take their game to the next level.
Former pace bowler Mupariwa represented Zimbabwe in 40 ODI's taking 57 wickets and made his T20 international debut in an upset win against Australia at the 2007 T20 World Cup.
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Divin was part of the Tasmania Tigers successful one-day squad in the 2007/08 season which included a memorable debut featuring a a wicket third ball, a sliding catch in the outfield and 41 from 39 balls.
In a quirky coincidence, Divin's best game in state colours came in Launceston where he made made 63 and grabbed 4 for 47 despite the Tigers failing to secure the win.
The pair met when Mupariwa relocated to Hobart and began to feature in the South's club cricket scene.
"Just through that cricket connection we became friends and now Tawanda works for the Cricket Hub as well, he's certainly been very keen to come up north," Divin said
Now managing director of the Cricket Hub in Hobart, Divin said he was excited to bring the coaching clinic up to Northern Tasmania.
"Passing on the knowledge and sharing your enthusiasm for the game is a big thing, it's the start of the cricket season and obviously these young cricketers are very excited about the season coming up so to share our knowledge and to create some extra enthusiasm, some extra motivation ... is exciting for us," he said.
"I am hoping they learn one or two probably new skills and receive some extra confidence and motivation heading into the season."
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Divin said he hoped the business would be able to play a role in keeping young players interested in the nation's summer pastime.
"If they don't have an enjoyable experience they could easily move onto another sport or stop playing sport altogether," he said.
"So I see a role for the Cricket Hub and a role for cricket clubs to ensure we've got a really engaging product in terms of the sport of cricket and how we coach them to turn their interest into a passion."
The Launceston cricket clinic will be held at the Riverside indoor sports centre from 11am - 3:30pm on October 6.
The Cricket Hub will also host a clinic in Devonport on the same week.
Register and find more details via the Cricket Hub's website.
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