A cricket coach from North Devon has been honoured by the ECB for his contribution to the game.
Peter Wright, a founder member of Barnstaple & Pilton CC in 1992, has been talent honing for more than 25 years and teams he has coached have included the Overton twins and Somerset’s one-day captain Lewis Gregory.
The ECB knows how much hard work goes into coaching at club and youth level and selects coaches from the grass roots for recognition every year.
Wright, along with fellow Devon youth coach Steve Walker from Ottery St Mary, were invited to collect their awards from England bowling coach, and former Test player, Chris Silverwood at the fourth Test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton earlier this month.
Wright has been a coach since the late 1970s when he suffered a serious knee injury playing rugby for Ilfracombe and had to give up the game.
“The first thing I coached wasn’t rugby or cricket, but skiing,” said Wright.
“I was offered the chance to go with a large group for half-price on the understanding I coached the beginners.
“I got into rugby coaching first, around 1990 when my son started playing, then helped set up a youth section at Barnstaple & Pilton, when the new club was formed from a merger a couple of years later.
“At first I used similar mechanics to those for rugby to get the section running.
“After I did my level two course I went from district to age-group cricket and was coach to Devon under-14s for three years between 2006-2008.”
Wright was also involved in the Chance2Shine programme in schools and coached privately at all levels.
In the season just ended Wright coached the Devon under-11s.