Prior is special guest at school

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England cricketer Matt Prior was given a warm welcome to officially open the new cricket nets at Spalding Grammar School.

The wicketkeeper-batsman met the under-14 and 15 squad who are heading to Barbados on tour at Easter.

Matt Prior officially opens the new cricket nets at Spalding Grammar School

Matt Prior officially opens the new cricket nets at Spalding Grammar School

Prior then answered a series of questions from students, staff and guests in the lecture theatre before signing bats and memorabilia.

As well as discussing his cricketing career, Prior spoke about being the joint founder of the ONE Pro Cycling team along with Grammar School old boy Simon Chappell.

Prior said: “It’s always a great pleasure to open a new facility like this.

“Cricket has given me some of the best experiences I could have wished for and that all started in facilities just like this.

“I wish these lads all the best and hopefully a couple of them can win the Ashes back one day!”

Prior answered questions on the Ashes series, the high expectations of the England team and his career.

Prior and Chappell were both presented with framed school ties.

Prior added: “I have been a big cycling fan for years and my passion has grown.”

Chappell, now based in Yorkshire, met Prior through cricketers Tim Bresnan and Joe Root.