The Sister Islands Sports hosted an outstanding Summer Cricket Camp between the 9th- 13th of August at the Cayman Brac Sports Complex. A contingent of 25 young and promising cricketers between the ages of 9 -13 from Grand Cayman was joined by 16 counterparts here from the Brac.
Heading the contingent was Technical Director of Cricket Cayman Islands, Rohan Clarke. Three National coaches Franklin Hinds, Benjamin Mennard, and Delbert Griffith completed the coaching staff. Supportive parents were also present for the event hailed by all as a resounding success.
The camp was divided into 4 groups to ensure maximum participation and individual attention. The game’s core skills of batting, bowling, catching, fielding and wicket- keeping were given extensive drilling to the youngsters. Although the heat was tough, the budding cricketers were keen on learning the skills. Each day commenced with a devotional time led by Brac supporting coach Fergusson. Rising Cayman Brac cricket enthusiast, Malachi Khan led in one of the prayer sessions.
President of the Cayman Islands Cricket Association, Hector Robinson in his pep talk to them said, “take the game seriously, develop your skills, practice earnestly and build character for this is what cricket is all about.”
Ashton Ferguson, President of Cayman Brac Cricket Club was of high praise for Mitchum Sanford, Director of Sports for the Sister Islands, as well as, the coaches from Grand Cayman. “I am extremely pleased that the authorities involved are anticipating that an event like this can be staged at least every 3 months. The main focus of this would be to expose more youngsters to this game internationally known as, “the gentleman’s game, and the game of glorious uncertainties.”
Sports Coordinator for the Sister Islands Mitchum Sanford said, “I am really pleased with what I saw these past 5 days. My desire is to develop the beauty of this game. Within the next 2 years my intention is to field a youth team from the high school to enter the inter- high school league. I also look forward to the game becoming a permanent fixture at the Primary Schools. I am even more excited about the fact that a cricket coach from Trinidad will be coming to the Brac.”
Technical Director Clarke said, “My expectations have been met. There is tremendous potential in these guys. I endeavour to work assiduously to get them to both the National and international stage.”
Coach Hinds said, “I am pleased with what the Brac is offering. The youngsters are hungry for this game. Our aim is to ensure that they develop to the best of their abilities.”
Coach Mennard, “The youngsters are keen about this game. They are good listeners and want to succeed. It is very important that they seek to build upon what they have learnt. Additional coaching is essential.”