Davidstow National Village Cup Final preview: Mike Tyler has coached most of Rockhampton side playing at Lord's
ROCKHAMPTON owe much of their success to groundsman Mike Tyler.
One of the most successful players to have represented the club, he has played a major role in developing the majority of the side that will play at Lord’s on Sunday, including his sons Will and Matt, who will open the batting together.
Tyler moved to the village in 1980 and started playing for the first team in 1981. He took 194 first team wickets at 12.53 and a further 61 wickets at second and third team level.
In the mid-90s he played for the thirds with his sons. Both Matt and Will joined the club when they were nine and played first team cricket by the age of 14.
Before becoming head groundsman, Tyler became a youth team coach at the club and eight members of the side that will play against Cleator in the Davidstow National Village Cup final were taken under his wing.
Captain James Williams said: “I think the key to the success is the fact that all the players are homegrown.
“At the moment the team is peaking and I think we’re going to have a good three or four years and hopefully we can build on it.
“This competition takes out all your paid players and overseas players and we don’t have any.
“We pick people on merit and we encourage people to come through the club, so it makes my job so easy when selecting the team because if I go to the second team I’ve got another four or five quality players ready to come in.”
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