England’s performance coach Gareth Breese replaces Matthew Mott as Welsh Fire women’s coach

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Former Durham allrounder and the incumbent England performance coach, Gareth Breese has been appointed the Head Coach of Welsh Fire for the second edition of the women’s Hundred.

Breese has replaced Matthew Mott, the recently appointed England’s white-ball coach. Mott was unable to join the team in the Hundred’s inaugural season due to international travel restrictions.

Breese termed his appointment as a great opportunity and mentioned that he is really looking forward to the same.

“It’s a great opportunity and I am looking forward to being part of the Hundred and the Welsh Fire set-up,” Breese said. “It is a hugely exciting competition, and the team will be looking to make an impact. This is going to be my first head coach role and I’m excited about the experiences this will bring. I can’t wait to meet everyone and get started.

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“We’ve been able to put together a very strong coaching set-up and it’s a squad with a healthy mix of world-class cricketers and exciting potential. I’m sure all the players will be aiming to display their skills and in doing so thrill the Cardiff crowd and bring the Hundred trophy back to Wales.”

Pakistan’s Head Coach, David Hemp will be one of Breese’s assistants alongside Dan Helesfay and Aimee Rees.

Welsh Fire’s general manager, Mark Wallace believes that all the coaches have plenty of experience and that will help the team immensely.

“We’re really excited with the coaching team we’ve been able to put together for the Welsh Fire women’s team. Gareth has a fantastic reputation in the game and has been part of a very successful England set-up for a while now.

“All the coaches we have added have lots of experience coaching at the top of the women’s game with some of the best players in the world and will be huge assets for Welsh Fire.”