Young cricketers benefit from Antigua camp

Philo Wallace left and Ross Powell right

ZIZ News…Sept 4, 2012 — Three young cricketers from Nevis have indicated that they benefited tremendously from a recent training camp held in Antigua.

Actually there were two camps held—one in Antigua and one in St. Lucia. Sandals Foundation partnered with the West Indies Cricket Board and the Governments of Antigua and St. Lucia to host two High Performance Camps for over 120 elite regional Under 15 cricketers.

The two week camps were part of the WICB Sandals Foundation Under 15 High Performance Programme, and in its inaugural year, was hosted in Antigua and St Lucia from August 13th at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds and at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds respectively.

Players from the six regional teams along with additional selectees from the host countries underwent two weeks of intense skills refining facilitated by highly qualified West Indian coaches along with legends of West Indies cricket

The WICB Sandals Foundation under 15 High Performance Camps are a part of the WICB’s overall strategy of investing heavily in West Indies cricket at the developmental level and follows the Scotia bank Kiddy Cricket and Digicel Grassroots Cricket programmes, the Sagicor High Performance Centre and the re-energized West Indies A Team programme.

The three young cricketers chosen from Nevis were: Ross Powell; Shelton Forbes and Philo Wallace. They were exposed to cricket skills development sessions, training and life skills sessions.

The youngsters were put through their paces in the fundamentals of batting, bowling, fielding.

Off the field they were tutored on sportsmanship, the history of West Indies cricket, media relations, healthy lifestyle, mental toughness and game sense among other areas.

The three Nevisians were also involved in some practice matches in Antigua. Young Forbes did not get among the runs but Ross Powell made a highest score of 68 in one game while Philo Wallace made a top score of 94 not out in another game.

The young cricketers are eager to continue to develop their game and have all intentions to make it to the top of the sport in the not too distant future.

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