Digicel Cricket Experience reaches Antigua
The Digicel Cricket Experience events continued with another group of excited youngsters in Antigua on Monday as the Digicel Series 2012 swept through the island. The Experience events have been happening throughout the Digicel Series venues to enhance the WICB Digicel Grassroots cricket development programme.
The youngsters trained on the Sir Vivian Richards grounds along with West Indies players Shiv Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Adrian Barath and Kemar Roach. They were separated into different clusters which focused on batting, bowling and fielding skills that were led by the West Indies players.
“It is great to help these youngsters this way and also to have someone with the great experience of Shiv Chanderpaul working with them would have been really special for them,” said West Indies batsman, Narsingh Deonarine. “I never had an opportunity like this when I was coming up and it was nice to pass on our advice, including the three D’s needed to succeed in playing cricket; dedication, discipline and determination.”
The 24 youngsters who took part in the clinic were ages 12 to14 and are part of the Digicel WICB grassroots cricket programme. Grassroots coach, Derol Thomas, was pleased with the clinic as it was the first opportunity these kids have had to interact with the West Indies players, “It was really a joy for them and a great opportunity,” he said.
So far Digicel has conducted eight grassroots clinics for the 2012 Digicel Series. In additional to Antigua, the Digicel Cricket Experience has been held in St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad, Dominica, the USA and St. Kitts.
“We are coming to the end of the 2012 Digicel Series and doing these clinics never gets old for us, it is always just as exciting for us as it is for the kids,” explained Nicola Hawkes, Digicel Group Sponsorship Manager. “It is one of those elements of our sponsorship that demonstrates so clearly our objective of bringing fans closer to the game and the West Indies players.”