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“These kids are on the verge of playing Under-13 cricket, so this is a great time for them to start learning from the older, more experienced players like these West Indies cricketers. It will help to motivate them.”
These observations from former West Indies spin bowler, Lance Gibbs, proved to be on target recently when a small group of Barbados’ promising youth cricketers took to the field at Kensington Oval to participate in clinics taught by some of the West Indies players.
Barbadians, Kirk Edwards, Kraigg Brathwaite and Kemar Roach, alongside West Indies Captain, Darren Sammy, Carlton Baugh Jr and Ravi Rampaul, schooled the enthusiastic youngsters on the intricacies of bowling, batting and fielding, and took them through their paces. Gibbs was also on hand to offer words of wisdom to the athletes who were eager to soak up as much information about the game as possible.
The group is part of the WICB Digicel Grassroots Cricket initiative and hail from the YMPC, Passage Road, Carlton, Isolation and Central Cricket Clubs. They were joined by their coaches who were excited at this unique opportunity presented to their young charges.
“I hope my kids will get a better idea of how the West Indies team trains and the professional way in which they approach the game, but most of all, I want them to enjoy themselves and this experience,” said Curtis Rock, Coach of Isolation Cricket Club.
Jeremy John, Coach of the Young Men’s Progressive Club (YMPC), echoed Rock’s sentiments.
“What I want my cricketers to gain from this experience is a better understanding of the hard work that it takes to be a great cricketer,” added John. “I want them to take their game more seriously and I think watching these young West Indies players will give them an idea of the commitment involved.”
Indeed the youths came away motivated and armed with new ideas and techniques. Eleven-year old, Savio Fergusson of the Carlton Cricket Club thoroughly enjoyed his session with bowlers, Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul. A fast bowler himself, young Fergusson said he learned a lot from the two West Indies players.
“The most important thing I learned from Roach and Rampaul is to keep bowling in different areas because it confuses the batsmen and then you can take plenty wickets,” explained Fergusson who rates Kemar Roach and Stuart Broad among his favourite cricketers.
Fergusson said he most enjoyed being around his fellow cricketers, learning from the West Indies players and just having a fun day out.
“One of the goals of the Digicel Cricket Experience is to give young, aspiring cricketers a glimpse into their future, a snapshot of what their life could be like if they commit to the game of cricket and work hard like these West Indies players have done,” said Karl Donnelly, Digicel Group Head of Sponsorship.
“Digicel is committed to the longevity of the sport in the region and we are delighted that youngsters such as Savio have come away from this session more educated about cricket and motivated to work harder at their game.”