Quicker pace for fastest pair

Two of Cayman’s best young fast
bowlers are in St Kitts enjoying top coaching at a high performance clinic.
They left last week and will be there until Thursday.

Marlon Bryan and Kervin Ebanks are
the lucky recipients of the intensive tuition. Cricket’s technical director
Theo Cuffy said: “We’re fortunate to be having our two young fast bowlers going
to it, Marlon and Kervin. We’re fortunate for having them go to it. It will
help in our fast bowling area. 

“We have a number of young bowlers
but we need more help as far as the coaching is concerned. There’s only so much
that I can do and it’s pleasing to know that they’re getting an opportunity.”

Bryan said: “I think it’s a great
opportunity for me as a pace bowler to learn from what they have at an
international level in the bigger playing countries. I’ll do my best when I get
there and hopefully something else will develop from it.”

Bryan, 24, is a sales rep at
Creative Tech and plays for Greenies. He has beefed himself up recently. “I’ve
been doing a lot of training, laps and so on, lunges, parallel bar, pull up bar
at home. I’m hoping to get to England this summer and break through into the
county cricket level.”

Ebanks, 22, a student, hopes to be
a pro one day too. He plays for Prison who are the dominant side on the island,
but recently lost their brilliant all rounder Saheed Mohamed who returned to
live in Guyana.

Ebanks said: “This opportunity came
completely out of the blue. Hopefully I can gain a lot and get as much
experience out of it as possible. I try to take my skills as high as possible. “So far Prison have won all our
games. I’ve taken four wickets so far but it’s more consistency I’m looking
for, not wickets. Just trying to keep the runs down.”

Courtney Myles is the cricket
association president. He said: “I’m glad to know that we have two players who
are good enough to expose the Cayman Islands to other parts of the region where
cricket is played.

“I think they can only benefit from
the camp and enhance their skills. The national team will benefit and cricket
as a whole here will benefit because they can pass on what they learn
throughout their career.”

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Bryan has worked on his fitness.
Photo: Ron Shillingford