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.

Michael was impressed with the pace of the bowlers and will be following their progress.

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.

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