Grayson has watchful eye on top talent

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FORMER Bury St Edmunds batsman and Essex coach Paul Grayson has offered a pathway into first-class cricket for any talented youngsters in the area.

The former England international returned to the Victory Ground on Sunday with his star-studded Essex team for a Clysedale Bank Pro 40 match and said he is keeping a watchful eye on any of Bury’s emerging talent.

The brother of Leeds United manager Simon Grayson, Paul told the Bury Free Press he thoroughly enjoyed his return to the club, praising the reception from the 1,000 plus crowd who turned out to see Essex stroll to a combfortabale victory over Unicorns.

“It is a nice place to come with very friendly people,” he said. “It is a well organised club and I know they are looking to get a new pavilion here, which will be great for the area.”

“We are always looking for players and we have a good relationship with Suffolk cricket and if any of their younger lads come through and have got a bit of talent we try to tap into that and get them down to Essex to play first-class cricket.

“From this area, Justin Bishop was the last one who played for us. It was good to see Bish, he is doing a great job.

“He is Mr Bury through and through. He is a great lad. They have had a good start in the Premier League, I always look for their results and hope they have a good season.”