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Jack Hendy

Jack Hendy is our second longest serving coach, second only to Matt. Jack’s TCA life started as a player on the Ultimate Academy back in 2013, which lead to him represented Yorkshire under 19s as a fast bowler.


Jack has played under and coached with elite professional coaches such as Paul Farbrace, Steve Oldham and Jason Gillespie. Along with three trips to Australia playing and coaching, all this experience has led to Jack becoming one of our most respected all round coaches, and the go to man for fast bowling 1:1s and fitness training.

Club: Elland CC

Nickname: Hendo/ Square

Playing style: Elegant destructive all rounder

Best moment in cricket: 5 wickets against the red rose for Yorkshire u19s

Interests away from cricket: Gym and Eating

Who would you’d like to bat with: AB De Villiers

Favourite food: Thai

Favourite film: Blood diamond

Favourite music: Ed Sheeran

Best place visited: Perth

Favourite book: KPs autobiography

What are you afraid of: Slow medium pacers

Most proud of: 2018 season in Aus bringing home 7 club and league in total personal awards as-well as winning the flag

Summer Holiday Courses

Introducing our outdoor holiday courses for 2018…
Keep checking back to see which venues have been added.

Since 2013 our holiday courses have become more and more popular. With a big focus on skill development through various inclusive Cricket games and drills, these courses are a big part of our year round coaching program.

Your child will benefit from the following activities;

  • Fun Games & Skill Development
  • Net Practice
  • Team Building Activities
  • Competitions & Tournaments
  • ‘Free Play’ Periods
  • Led by a TCA full time coach

The details:

  • 10am – 4pm each day
  • FREE 9-10am drop off service
  • Discounts for host club players
  • Sibling discounts
  • 7-14 year olds
  • Qualified & DBS checked coaches
  • Wet weather plan, never a rained off day!


summer camps

Summer Holidays

Copley Cricket Club (HX3 0UG)
25th, 26th & 27th July
Click here to book
Host Club Juniors Click here to book

Elland Cricket Club (HX5 0QY)
30th & 31st July
Click here to book
Host Club Junior Click here to book

Mytholmroyd Cricket Club (HX7 5QQ)
30th, 31st July & 1st August
Click here to book
Host Club Junior Click here to book

Todmorden Cricket Club (OL14 7BS)
2nd & 3rd August
Click here to book
Host Club Junior Click here to book

Rochdale Cricket Club (OL11 5BX)
2nd & 3rd August
Click here to book
Host Club Junior Click here to book

Moorside Cricket Club (OL4 2ND)
8th, 9th & 10th August
Click here to book
Host Club Juniors Click here to book

Walsden Cricket Club (OL14 7SX)
13th, 14th & 15th August
Click here to book
Host Club Juniors Click here to book

Bradshaw Cricket Club, Bolton (BL2 3EU)
14th, 15th & 16th August
Click here to book
Host Club Juniors Click here to book

Slaithwaite Cricket Club (HD7 5DQ)
16th & 17th August
Click here to book
Host Club Juniors Click here to book

Stones Cricket Club (HX6 4LQ)
28th, 29th, 30th & 31st August
Click here to book
Host Club Junior Click here to book

Please note: The website will only accommodate full course bookings, please call 01422 836554 to book individual days or take advantage of the sibling discount.

10 things to make the 2018 season better for all

10 things to make the 2018 season better for everyone

Yes you could play a bit straighter or get a little fitter, but we’re taking a more altruistic view here… There’s more to our beautiful games that runs and wickets people, jump on board a few of these this summer.


  1. Say thank you in the tea room. A simple “Thanks for the tea ladies & gents” might make their day a little more worthwhile after they’ve slaved away making you your sandwiches and cakes… Even it’s a barely edible 2/10 tea (we feel your pain!), they did their best so show your gratitude!

  2. Have a drink with the opposition after the game… so after a long 50 overs of sledging like Warner and ball shining like Bancroft – we can put all that aside and enjoy some time getting to know your opposition and putting some money behind their bar.

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    Do you know an aspiring young spinner? Click the image for a great opportunity…

  3. how about have a drink with your own team first before tackling number 2. You all have that team mate who after being bowled out for 50 and finishing at 3pm has a “family meal” to go to so can’t stay for a drink. Come on, don’t be that guy.

  4. Give something back, there was once that volunteer coach who set you on your path to averaging 14.5 with the bat in the 3rds. You owe it to them and the cricket gods to put something back. Run a junior team, help out at junior training or umpire the odd game. You may even enjoy it!

  5. Do a bit on the ground… usually that guy from number 3 who has something on when it comes around to ground-force day. Don’t be that guy again, grab a paint brush a make that sight-screen white again!

  6. Bat where your told and stop sulking. So you’re dropped down the order or not got a bowl and you want to sulk like the day you sister had more ice cream than you at Butlins. Don’t do it, support your captain and the team and they’ll love you a little bit more for it.

  7. Ok so it’s a touchy issue at times… but if you’re a paid amateur try all of the above and below. Put a bit back to the club that’s paying you your 50p per run.

  8. Raise some well needed funds! Every club needs a few extra pennies. Be the one to organise a sponsored bike ride, 6 a-side day, casino night or whatever floats your boat.

  9. Be nice to the umpires… all season… even when you’ve had a stinking decision! They stand there all day in varying conditions watching varying standards of play for a wage that can be described as expenses at best. Take that decision on the chin, have a chat with them after the game.. We have an increasing shortage of umpires in the amateur game, lets make it so they have a nice season and want to keep going.

  10. Ok so we couldn’t think of a number 10… its over to you so add a comment on twitter or Facebook with your way of sharing the Cricket love.



Matthew Dawson – Head Coach

Our Head Coach Matt has been with us since the start and is responsible for our year round coaching delivery and management of coaches. He delivers 1:1 coaching, Ultimate Academy and wicket keeping masterclasses.

BIO: My love for Cricket started from a very early age, I grew up playing junior Cricket for Walsden CC and then Yorkshire from u15 through to the Academy and 2nd team. I spent four seasons playing and coaching in Australia, and several playing minor counties for Cheshire CCC. My love for coaching started over 15 years ago and just keeps growing, I am passionate about developing The Cricket Asylum’s players and coaches. I’ve benefiited greatly from playing the game and really enjoying giving something back to the game through my coaching and now The Cricket Asylum Foundation.

Club: Walsden CC

Nicknames: Hog, Daws and MDG

Playing style: Wicket Keeper / RH Batter

Best moment in Cricket: My Cheshire CCC career was my personal highlight, but coming back to my home club Walsden CC to win trophies with friends takes some beating.

Interests away from Cricket: Mountain Biking & Food

One player you’d want to bat with: Sachin Tendulkar

Fave food: Indian

Fave film: A Beautiful Mind

Fave music: Radiohead, Embrace and other uplifting tunes

Best place you’ve ever been: New Zealand

Fave book: The Time Traveller’s

What are you most proud of: My Family

UA Trio Achieve County Awards

With the County award nights taking place on both side of the border recently it was great to see so many of our young players all dressed up getting the recognition they deserve…

There were several Ultimate Academy players who played County level again this season, a great effort for all their hard work in the winter months both here at the asylum and with their respective county squads.

A special mention must go to these three lads, who achieved recognition for their county performances throughout the 2017 season.

Sam Mulligan (Clitheroe CC), who has just signed up for his 4th consecutive Ultimate Academy for 2018, was named Player of the Year for Lancashire u16s.

Gavin Whipp (Copley CC), a regular on the Ultimate Academy was awarded Best All Rounder for Yorkshire u14 development team.

Matthew Wood (Lytham CC), the youngest player on the UA in 2017 and returning for 2018, was awarded Player of the Year for Lancashire u10s.

Well done boys!

The Ultimate Academy is our flagship coaching program for keen and talented young Cricketers looking to take their game to the next level. We’re currently recruiting for 2018 so if you think you’re up to the challenge click here to see what its all about…


John Abrahams (ECB talent scout & level 4 coach) is back in 2018.

Ultimate Academy Information

UA Information

1:1 coaching sessions: Each Ultimate Academy player is entitled to five one hour 1:1 coaching sessions, these can be booked at a time suitable to you and your assigned coach. These must be used before the end of the 2018 season (September 30th), but will be most beneficial to be taken either before or during the early part of the season.*


PitchVision licence: This allows each player to videos from their 1:1 sessions online via the PitchVision mobile app. This can be setup at the first 1:1 session.


Group training course: Squads are assigned based on age and ability level, players may be moved up during the course. From 20th January 2017 to 24th March 2018.

C squad: 10am -11:30am

B squad: 11:30am – 1pm

A squad: 1pm – 2:30pm


Matches: In 2018 we will be running T20 tournaments for all UA players to participate in, we will invite representative opposition to take part in these tournaments. We will also be running 2-day matches for all UA players to experience the longer form of Cricket, along with occasional games against overseas touring teams.


Fitness Testing: Using the Mov3ment facility and staff we will be doing cricket specific fitness testing at the beginning and end of the group coaching sessions.


Equipment Sponsorship: Ultimate Academy 2017 players are eligible to a 25% discount on Icon equipment during 2018.


Ultimate Academy clothing: The UA training kit can be purchased online at an additional cost to the coaching program. Please select and agree a squad number with Matt before purchasing the UA bundle. For £55 this includes personalised training shirt, training Gillet & training shorts.


Payment Information:

Full payment option: Total- £500. £100 deposit to secure place, full balance to be settled on or before the 21st of January 2018.

Direct debit payment option: Total- £540. £100 deposit to secure place, followed by 4 x £110 monthly direct debit payments from February 2018 to May 2018.


Cancellation Policy

£100 deposit is non-refundable. The following applies to anything paid over £100.

2 weeks notice or more- full refund

Under 2 weeks notice- 50% refund

Under 1 weeks notice- No refund


*1:1 coaching with external coaches such as Moin Ashraf and Chris Schofield will be subject to an extra charge.

Scott Kershaw

BIO: I first went to Littleborough Cricket Club at about 10 with a school friend. There I was inspired by my first coach, the amazing ex England leg spinner Tommy Greenhough.

I went on to represent Lancashire through the age groups and enjoyed a varied career with numerous clubs across Lancashire and Yorkshire.

I started coaching at age 18 in the late 1980s and went full time in 2015. I consider myself very fortunate to have a constant involvement in the sport I love. I sincerely hope that this is apparent in my coaching and that live and enthusiasm is passed on to the players in my care.

Club:  Crossflatts CC

Nickname: Scottie/Kersh/Dad

Playing Style: Constantly Evolving

Best Moment in Cricket: The next One

Interests away from Cricket: Reading (history/sport) and Real Ale

Who would you most like to bat at with: Gary Sobers

Favourite Food:  A good Sunday roast

Favourite film: Forest Gump or Fire in Babylon

Favourite Music: Manchester Bands

Best Place Visited: Barbados

Favourite Book: Long Walk to Freedom

What are you afraid of: Being perceived as old

Most proud of: My son Jake

Moin Ashraf

Moin has jumped on board the Asylum train to work with inspirational fast bowlers in the area. Moin is a Bradford-born fast bowler, who made his first-class debut against Loughborough University in May 2010 and signed his first professional contract for Yorkshire at the end of the 2010 season. Moin is now playing high level club cricket and is excited about working with young fast bowlers at The Cricket Asylum.

Moin is delivering pace bowling masterclass and is available for 1:1 coaching throughout the winter, with limited spaces so get in touch to book your spot.

Click here to sign up to his pace bowling masterclass

Clubs: Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, England Potential Performance Programme

Nicknames: Mo, MoJo

Playing style: Fast Bowler

Best moment in Cricket: Taking 5/32 on my home debut for Yorkshire

Interests away from Cricket: Reading, Football, Socialising with friends

One player you’d want to bat with: Brian Lara

Fave food: Steak

Fave film: Shawshank Redemption/Training Day/Man On Fire

Fave music: RnB

Best place you’ve ever been: Dubai

Fave book: Herschelle Gibbs Biography

What are you most afraid of: Snakes


Chris Schofield

Chris Schofield has played first class cricket for Lancashire CCC and Surrey CCC and international cricket for England as a leg spinning all rounder. Still doing the business at 39 years old, he has signed as professional for Todmorden CC in the Lancashire League for the 2018 season. Chris is one of very few players who after playing test cricket for England, fell out of the first class game back to minor counties and league Cricket, to then fight his way back to the top with Surrey and then England in the t20 world cup! A story of true mental strength and desire that he passes onto his players at TCA.

BIO: I first got into cricket when I was 10. Watching my dad play club cricket, I starting scoring and picking up the rules of game. I then went down to Littleborough CC and starting playing junior cricket and things went on from there. I’ve taken up coaching , to give something back to game I love. Giving my knowledge and experience to up and coming cricketers who hopefully will go on to play county cricket and even represent there country. 

Club: Lancashire, Surrey & England

Nicknames: Schoey

Playing style: Attacking batter, leg break bowler

Best moment in Cricket: Being selected for the World Cup 20/20 in 2007 after 12 months out of county cricket

Interests away from Cricket: Golf and Snooker

One player you’d want to bat with: KP

Fave food: Chinese

Fave film: Happy Gilmore

Fave music: Matchbox 20

Best place you’ve ever been: Australia

Fave book: Famous Five

What are you most afraid of: Heights

What are you most proud of: My Family