Sir Curtly to commence fast bowling clinic at Albion on Friday

- Batting clinic by Nolan McKenzie also slated to start Friday

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Young fast bowlers in the county of Berbice would have an opportunity of a lifetime as they will get first-hand knowledge of the craft from one of the greatest exponents of fast bowling over the next three days.

Former West Indies fast bowler Sir Curtly Ambrose has arrived in Guyana for a three-day clinic aimed at instilling the fundamentals of fast bowling to a cadre of young bowlers in the county. The clinic will commence on Friday (February 11).

The initiative has been coordinated by the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), under the leadership of Cricket West Indies Director Hilbert Foster, and will be held at the Albion Community Centre ground.

Foster reported last year that he was contacted by overseas-based Guyanese Dr. Frank Denbow, who stated that he would like to sponsor a fast bowling clinic once the Board can get Sir Curtly to conduct it.

Sir Curtly is widely considered a legend of the game and one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time.

He played 98 Tests for the West Indies, taking 405 wickets at the remarkable average of 21.00, while he played 176 One Day International matches, taking 225 wickets at 24.12.

Sir Curtly Ambrose (second right) in the presence of President Irfaan Ali, Natural Resources Minister Vickram Bharrat (right) and BCB President Hilbert Foster (Photo: Office of the President)

Meanwhile, former national player Nolan McKenzie has volunteered his services to the Board to conduct a batting clinic this weekend as well.

The batting clinic would involve 40 of the most promising youth batsmen in the county.

On Thursday afternoon, the Board issued a notice advising participants to report to the venue with their COVID-19 vaccination card at 08:30h sharp.

Participants for fast bowling clinic: Isai Thorne, Daniel Vivickanand, Christopher Ogle, Arvin Jaikaran, Trisha Hardat, Darshanie Subramanie, Natran Gill, Shamar Joseph, Gevon Schultz, Isia Anderson, Joel Davis, Collis Hardcourt, Nicholas Ishar, Arif Khan, Shiv Harripersaud, Dave Pretipaul, Khemraj Tika, Sohail Hardwar, Christopher Deeroop, Arif Esau, Manoo Inasi, Nareem Khan, Shamal Angel, Quincy Alder, Demetri Cameron, Steven Kamalal, Joel Cort, Devendra Latchman, Omal Saul, Arvin Jowahir, Nicholas Hall, Nicholas Lepps, Adrian Hetmyer, Ronny James, Adrian Norton, Jonathan Outar, Teon Campbell, Sylus Tyndal, Leon Swammy, Keon Sinclair, Chris Harry, Javed Karim, Kevlon Anderson and Raymond Vankenie.

Additionally, the Board is inviting all young female cricketers between ages 13 and 25 to attend the batting clinic on Friday from 13:00h to 16:00h at the Albion ground.

“Please walk with your vaccination card, face mask, gear and personal hand sanitisers. The clinic would be conducted by Level Three England-based coach Nolan Mckenzie. The BCB would like to start our preparation for the GCB Under-19 and Senior Inter-county tournaments. Please take advantage of this clinic. Only fully vaccinated persons allowed,” the BCB said.

The following youth players have been selected by the BCB Junior Selection Committee to be part of the batting clinic to be conducted by McKenzie at the weekend at the same venue.

Group A (Saturday from 13:00h to 16:00h)

Romario Ramdehol, Adrian Hetmyer, Razam Kobeer, Vishal Williams, Navin Bodwah, Shoaib Gaffoor, Jayden Edwards, Gavin Kisten, Afraz Budwah, Devin Lallbehari, Devindra Samaroo, Sanjay Algoo, Tameshwar Mahdeo, Rampertab Ramnauth, Salim Khan and Rashaad Gaffoor.

Group B (Sunday from 13:00h to 16:00h)

Avishkar Persaud, Kevin Kisten, Nyron Hicks, Damion Cecil, Rampersaud Ramnauth, Jonathan Rampersaud, Mahendra Gopilall, Jermey Sandia, Tomanni Ceasar, Zeynul Ramsammy, Vettori Latchman, Romesh Bharat, Christopher Deeroop, Colis Noble, Sohail Mohammed and Matthew Pottaya.

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