11 May 2023

James Savory has been appointed Player Pathway Manager U11-U18 for the 2023 season.

James has worked for Bucks Cricket since 2017, firstly as Schools Cricket Manager and more recently as Junior Pathway Manager. Before that, James worked for the Cumbria Cricket Board. James will be the liaison for team managers, coaches and for our Boys' EPP players this summer, as well as managing the fixtures, nominations and trials schedules.

Simon Stanway and Bella James have joined the pathway coaching team for the 2023 season.

Simon is the Bucks Men's 1st XI Assistant Coach and is immensely experienced in the game, having also played 16 years of NCCA cricket for Bucks - he will be coaching at Boys' U15-18 games this summer. Bella is back at Stony Stratford CC as their Women's overseas player - and also goes straight into the Bucks Women's team this Sunday for their T20 Semi Final vs Hampshire. Bella plays for Otago in New Zealand and made a century in the NZ Women's one-day competition earlier this year - she will be coaching at Girls' U15-U18 games this summer.

With Jason Rance's departure, the changes to management/selection to pathway squads is as follows: Boys U18s: Malcolm Roberts (from 5th July, Rich Hudson prior to that), Boys U17 Development: James Savory, Boys EPP: James Savory, Boys U16s: Rich Hudson. All other team managers remain the same, with Jason Harrison already taking on the Men's 2nd XI selection this summer.

Commenting on the appointment of James Savory, Bucks Cricket Managing Director, Rich Hudson said:

"James' knowledge of the Bucks Cricket programmes, players and coaches, along with his calm and thoughtful style will enable a high quality programme of cricket to be delivered this summer - if it ever stops raining! With Jason Harrison having started as Head of Performance in January, we know both will work well together to develop Bucks' cricketers across the season. We still intend to recruit for an additional staff member to manage and coach on the Player Pathway, but James' appointment this summer gives us time to evaluate what is needed, while our trusted team managers and coaches deliver the season's schedule with James' support."

The Bucks Cricket Player Pathway runs from U11-U18 for Boys and Girls. Each year it delivers:

  • 223 Fixtures
  • 550.5 hrs of Winter Training Programme 
  • 48 hrs of Boys State School Hubs 
  • 180 hrs of Skill & Game Zones