Overview

Play Straight Cricket Academy is a cricket clinic teaching young cricketers a broad spectrum of skills ranging from basic fundamentals like the principle of “playing straight”, to enhancing and expanding stroke-play when batting, to exploring ways to achieve more spin, pace, swing and other varieties of bowling. We also work on fielding and wicket keeping, so that we cover all aspects of the game.

Mission

Our mission is to be the number one cricket academy in Southern Adelaide where players of all genders, backgrounds and abilities can come to gain skills, knowledge and experience. It is our hope that armed with this experience they will have the confidence and success to play cricket well into their adult life and perhaps even develop into district or representative cricketers. We want our participants to have fun while challenging themselves to improve and be the best they can be.

Andrew Staunton

Meet The Coach

Andrew began playing cricket when he was four years old, following in the footsteps of his father and three older brothers. The first fundamental of cricket he learnt was to “play straight” – hence the name of the academy. Through some excellent coaching his game developed and improved, leading to him being selected for the under/17 NSW state squad. This provided him with opportunities to train with full time professional cricketers and further his love of the game.

 

During his late teens and early 20s, Andrew played 1st Grade cricket for Sydney University and was fortunate enough to be part of a premiership team that consisted of players like Kevin Pietersen, Greg Matthews and Ed Cowan. As a result of his contribution to the success of the Sydney University 1st Grade side, he was selected in the Sydney University “team of the century”, which in addition to the above names featured legends of the game such as Stuart Magill, Stuart Clark and other state and international cricketers.

 

Andrew went on to play games for NSW 2nd X1 before pursuing a cricket career in Adelaide where he played SA 2nd X11 and Sheffield Shield cricket. He continued to play at this level until 2015/16 when he was appointed A grade Talent Performance Manager at Southern District Cricket Club (SDCC), and as a player/coach was part of the first A grade premiership team in the clubs history. Currently a qualified level 2 coach, Andrew is the development coach at SDCC, Assistant Coach of the Southern Force u/14,16 and senior Redbacks League teams and Head Coach at Westminster School of the first XI.

 

Andrew was recently selected as one of the elite few Australians to travel to Dubai and complete his level 3 at the ICC Academy. Working with some of the best in the game, Andrew spent three weeks training, coaching and living with international players and coaches from all over the world. We are now pleased to say he is a Level 3 coach.

Contact us today to hear about our specialised cricket training programs, and we’ll get you started on your cricket career.