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Kings of Anglia Issue 10 Magazine Offer

Dougie has put himself in the frame

PUBLISHED: 13:42 17 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

CRICKET: DOUGIE Frame has two reasons to feel pleased with himself at the moment.

The Western Australian, who has this season been opening for East Bergholt in Division Four of the Hargreaves Two Counties Championship, is a big mate of Adam Gilchrist, whose rapid 152 in the second innings of the first Test helped pave the way for England's equally quickfire demise.

DOUGIE Frame has two reasons to feel pleased with himself at the moment.

The Western Australian, who has this season been opening for East Bergholt in Division Four of the Hargreaves Two Counties Championship, is a big mate of Adam Gilchrist, whose rapid 152 in the second innings of the first Test helped pave the way for England's equally quickfire demise.

Gilchrist's innings and the result gave genial Frame a huge amount of pleasure – and he will gain something similar from the attendance of youngsters for two coaching clinics he is planning at Bergholt's Gandish Road ground this month.

The first is a five-day course from Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27 and lasts from 10am-5pm with an hour break for lunch. Costing £60 for the five days, the sessions will consist of batting, bowling, fielding practice, mental preparation, diet and exercise.

The second course will run from Monday, July 30 to Wednesday, August 1, with the times the same but costing just £40.

Both courses will be for those aged between nine and 16, although the second course would suit those more advanced at cricket.

Frame, who holds the level three coaching certificate with the Australian Cricket Board – the equivalent of level four in England – has played for Western Australia both indoors and out and was in the Australian A side against the West Indies.

He has been coaching for the past few years in Perth and for the last three years he has coached youngsters at Sussex, guiding the Under-17s to the national title in 1999 and the U-19s to similar success last season.

All-rounder Frame came to East Bergholt last season during their cricket week and was asked if he would play for them this year.

"I agreed and I've really enjoyed myself," he said. "They are a great bunch of guys who only need a little bit more self-belief to get the results that would see them promoted.

"There are also some very good youngsters at the club and I've been trying to help them along as well," said Frame, who back in Australia captains Gosnells in Perth.

At the end of this season he will return there for one last year as a player and in his time has played with Gilchrist, Bruce Reid and Wayne Clarke, who is now the Yorkshire coach, as well as against the likes of Damien Martin, Justin Langer and Simon Katich.

If he gets a good response to his coaching clinics, he will also have the help of fellow Australian Brad Oldroyd, a left arm spinner who is currently playing club cricket for Reigate Priory.

Anyone wanting to take part in either course should contact Frame on 01206 298647 or 07714 086299.

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