Essex County Cricket Club traded in their cricket gloves and helmets for a different type of protective equipment – top of the range Delta Force Paintball equipment! The 1st XI county cricket side, which includes various international names such as Alastair Cook, Ravinder Bopara and Alex Tudor, embarked on an action-packed day of paintball at the Delta Force Paintball centre in Billericay, Essex.
The Essex paintball event, organised by coach Paul Grayson, was an integral part of the club’s preparation and team building before they embark on the upcoming preseason competition in Dubai. Ravinder Bopara, an England squad member for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, was among the 20 players to participate in the day out outdoor paintball adventure. Bopara was identified by the Centre Manager as one of the most competitive players on the day, attacking and defending in the different game scenarios just like the paintball professionals.
A BBC film crew documented the day of paintball, with the footage from the day’s adventure shown on the BBC News Look East program. Coach Grayson, a former England One Day International representative, was interviewed by the BBC film crew and was quoted as saying the entire Essex team loved their time with Delta Force Paintball.
Thanks for coming down Essex County Cricket Club – we look forward to seeing you at Delta Force Paintball again in the near future!
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