Chris Gayle Master Class a great success
Chris Gayle made a lot of dreams come true this weekend.
The West Indian superstar was at The County Ground on Saturday morning to give a cricketing Master Class to 36 lucky children.
In association with the Somerset Cricket Board we gave all budding young cricketers between the ages of 7 and 15 the chance to sign up to take part in the session. 36 players were then selected from over 600 applications.
Those involved were treated to an hour of batting, bowling and fielding tips from Somerset’s latest hero along with three of the Board’s coaching staff. Chris took the time to speak to all of the children and offered his advice and expertise on all areas of the game. He also actively participated in all of the activities. After the coaching Master Class he took part in a question and answer session before taking the time to pose for photographs and sign autographs.
Somerset Chief Executive Guy Lavender said: “Chris has really bought in to what we are trying to achieve as a Club and has been magnificent both on and off the field. He has done everything that we have asked of him and more. This coaching session has been a tremendous success and those involved will never forget it! To see him interact so well with the young cricketers was fantastic and just proves what a superb professional he truly is.”
The Somerset Cricket Board Development Manager Andy Fairbairn said: “We have never known such a clamour for people to attend an event such as we had for this event! For those youngsters fortunate enough to be selected it was an experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Just his presence is enough to inspire young people to become something special. The fact that he actively got involved in the session, passed on advice and tips and clearly enjoyed himself will have inspired every young person present to go straight home and pick up a bat and ball and work on their skills. To have been able to offer this experience to young people in the South West has personally been a fantastic experience. I would like to thank Chris and Somerset County Cricket Club for enabling this to happen.”