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First batch graduates from Lennox John Cricket Academy

First batch graduates from Lennox John Cricket Academy

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The first intake of the Lennox John Cricket Academy officially ended their stint last Saturday, at a ceremony held at the conference room of the National Sports Council in Arnos Vale.

Making up the 20 players, were 17 males and three females.

Named in honour of long-standing cricket administrator Lennox John, the academy, which got started in March of this year, is the first venture of its kind undertaken by the Dr Kishore Shallow-led St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association (SVGCA) Inc.

John, who was honoured at last Saturday’s closing ceremony, praised the parents for their attendance at the ceremony, which he said was indicative of that support needed to the players.

A servant of cricket for over 50 years, John said that what he did was not for recognition, but was happy that he is alive to accept the honour of having the academy placed in his name.

“I am a very humble person… I don’t know if I am worth it, but I have dedicated 50 years of my life to cricket and cricket administration … When you do something and you do it with sheer love… that’s what we live for, we live for people,” John noted.

John urged the 20 players to make use of the knowledge gained from attending the academy for the past eight months.

It was made easy for the players and parents during the academy’s life, as compliments the SVGCA Inc and Cricket West Indies, the academy members were provided with training uniforms, playing uniforms and footwear.

Additionally, they were given $15 to go towards the cost of their transportation to sessions held by the academy, which were mainly on Saturdays at the Arnos Vale Playing Field.

A snack, coupled with fruits, was also available to the players at each session of the academy.

And, after the training period, the outstanding performers were acknowledged.

Female player Alison Antoine was named the most improved among the 20 participants. Jeremy Layne was adjudged the best batsman, Luke Wilson, best bowler and Jahiel Walters, best fielder.

The academy is set to resume in February 2018, with another cohort of players.

The Lennox John Cricket Academy coaching staff comprised Irvin Warrican – head coach, along with assistant coaches Bertram Stapleton, Samantha Lynch and Kenroy Martin.

Cleton Burnett was the co-ordinator of the academy.

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