Cricket stars pass on tips

It was a brief but busy trip for the West Indies cricket stars.

With Cayman being one of six countries on the Caribbean tour, courtesy of Digicel, the players had to deliver in a few days.

Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle taught Edward Bodden how to grip a ball.
Photo: Matthew Yates

Yet Chris Gayle, Jerome Taylor and former player Kenneth Benjamin were just as cool off the pitch as they were on it.

The trio presented an extraordinary amount of tips and pointers to Cayman’s youth cricketers.

Over the next few days this reporter will attempt to present readers with snippets of the sights and sounds from the visit of those stars.

The following is an overview of what took place last Wednesday.

Some 24 young players benefited from the coaching clinic featuring the three stars at the Smith Road Oval on Grand Cayman.

Heavy rains earlier in the day threatened to postpone or cancel the sessions but the clinic went off without a hitch.

Most of the attending youngsters, fresh off their opening days of school, were on-time and dressed for action. For their timeliness Digicel arranged for their photos to be taken with Gayle and Taylor.

Once the other pleasantries were out of the way, including an opening ceremony that saw technical director Theo Cuffy present, it was down to business.

The stars, coming off a two-hour autograph session that day at Camana Bay, looked refreshed and were ready to impart loads of cricket knowledge.

The kids learned much from the stars in the area of fielding and bowling. In particular the youngsters heard how best to attack balls on the ground and the importance of following through during the bowling motion.

Local coaches and cricket personalities were also on hand to help the stars with the kids. Among them were Andy Myles and Pearson Best.

As an added treat the kids got a chance to perform a run-out on Gayle and Taylor.

To some surprise a few of the kids actually performed the feat (though it must be noted Gayle and Taylor were not going all out on the damp pitch).

The two hour clinic drew a heavy turnout to the rain-soaked oval. Most were curious onlookers trying to catch a glimpse of the stars with a few having a keen interest in what was being taught.