Durham Academy leg spinner Ben Whitehead with Spin Coach Gareth Breese
Durham's next generation of spin bowlers are being given a helping hand thanks to Gareth Breese and the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust (BJMT).
The Trust, set up by the family of the great BBC cricket broadcaster Brian Johnston, was founded in 1995.
In conjunction with the ECB, it is dedicated to discovering and developing the talents of the country's most promising young cricketers, particularly those whose opportunities would otherwise be restricted by a lack of facilities or financial resources.
As a result, funding from the BJMT is giving youngsters in the North East specialist spin bowling coaching sessions, with Durham bowler Gareth Breese in charge of the classes.
"It's been really good to see the input from the ECB and the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust to focus specifically on spin" said Breese.
"Getting these youngsters around the region exposed to quality coaching earlier in their careers is great"
Although the county is associated with producing high class seam bowlers such as Steve Harmison and Graham Onions, in recent years there has been an emphasis on slower bowling too.
Former Academy scholar Scott Borthwick recently made his test debut for England during the Ashes series in Australia.
Young trio Ryan Pringle, Ryan Buckley and Max Morley have all appeared in the Durham first team during the past year and there are more waiting in the wings.
"Callum Buckley, who is Ryan's brother, is doing well so they might be competing for places soon!" said Breese.
"We've also got Ben Whitehead, a very exciting leg spinner. So that's five young spinners, three of whom have had first team recognition already"
Academy Coach John Windows added "The sessions are a vital part of the academy's spin bowling development programme"
"They allow Durham's best young spinners to spend some quality time with Gareth Breese, who is an outstanding coach."
"Gareth has spent time with the junior sides and the academy, and he has helped all of the lads to really develop their game"
For more information on the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust, click here