MICHAEL Holding, one of the fastest bowlers ever to play test cricket, ran a coaching session with Senior students yesterday (25).
Mikey played over 100 One Day Internationals and 60 test matches for the West Indies from 1975-1987 and is largely regarded as the best bowler of his generation. His voice is now recognised across the globe from his role as a cricket commentator for Sky Sports.
Staff watched in awe as their childhood idol helped the young cricketers, aged 12 to 18, to adjust their bowling techniques.
“As Mikey is a commentator for Sky Sports, not many of the boys had seen his face; however, they soon recognised his familiar voice,” tutor Jack Jarvis commented.
King’s Ely’s Director of Sport, Ben Edmondson, said: “Mikey provided an insight into what makes a successful seam bowler and worked with individuals to get the most out of their actions,” adding: “It was a real honour and a privilege to have Michael Holding at King’s Ely. The boys are very fortunate to have someone of his calibre work with them and every individual gained a great deal from the experience.”
It has been a momentous year for King’s Ely cricketers, who made history by winning two County Cups in three months.