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YOUNG cricket play­ers got a treat when a for­mer in­ter­na­tional player put them through their paces.

Henry Olonga, who was se­lected to bowl in Test matches by Zim­babwe, was at Gold Hill Com­mon on Satur­day to lead a work­shop for 20 chil­dren. He gave them plenty of use­ful tips on how to im­prove their skills.

In the evening, he gave a talk at a din­ner or­gan­ised by Chal­font St Peter Cricket Club and Gold Hill Bap­tist Church.

Mr Olonga be­came well known af­ter he and other team-mates wore black arm­bands while play­ing in protest against Robert Mu­gabe’s regime in Zim­babwe.

Joyce Gled­hill, of Gold Hill Bap­tist Church, said: “It was a great day, and the chil­dren re­ally en­joyed play­ing.

“He has had a very in­ter­est­ing life and is a very tal­ented man, and so it was fan­tas­tic to have him here.”

Pho­tos by Jon Mikol www.buyapho­

FIELD OF PLAY: Crick­eter Henry Olonga with his young charges at the work­shop on Gold Hill Com­mon; (right) a safe pair of hands for a clean catch

HAND-TO-EYE: The chil­dren prac­tised their field­ing and bowl­ing; (right) Jes­sica Hold­ship, 12

OVER­ARM: Braedan Mooney, eight, shows prom­ise

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