Zim crick­eters con­duct boys’ coach­ing clinic

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

ZIM­BABWE’S Test team yet­ser­day con­ducted a coach­ing clinic for up to 30 school­boys drawn from Bu­l­awayo’s Mpopoma sub­urb at Gampu Pri­mary School.

Cap­tain Graeme Cre­mer, Hamil­ton Masakadza and Sikan­dar Raza took charge of the spin­ners, show­ing them how to grip the ball, po­si­tion the fin­gers, ro­tate the ball and re­lease it, among other tech­niques.

The as­pir­ing seam­ers were taken through their paces by Michael Chi­nouya, Don­ald Tiri­pano and Tau­rai Muzara­bani, who im­parted ex­per­tise on runups, de­liv­ery stride sta­bil­ity, fol­low-through and line and length.

In the nets, act­ing head coach Makhaya Ntini and bat­ting coach Lance Klusener paid close at­ten­tion as Tino Ma­woyo led the bat­ting drills, teach­ing the en­thu­si­as­tic kids how to prop­erly grip the bat, bat­ting stance and shot se­lec­tion as well as how to make hook shots, square cuts, straight drives and sweep shots.

The other group en­joyed field­ing lessons con­ducted by Craig Ervine, PJ Moor, Regis Chak­abva and Brian Chari.

Sean Wil­liams, Njab­ulo Ncube and Rich­mond Mu­tum­bami also took part in the coach­ing clinic, which was graced by Zim­babwe Cricket board mem­ber and Bu­l­awayo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Vu­mind­aba Moyo, as well as na­tional team man­ager Chris­tian Chiketa was also in at­ten­dance.

Vol­un­teer coach Tyson Meki, who trains young­sters from schools such as Lukany­iso, Mpumelelo, In­sukamini, Gampu and Nku­lumane, was grate­ful for the coach­ing clinic, which he be­lieved would go a long way in in­spir­ing the young­sters to work harder and per­fect their skills.

“This means a lot to the kids and me as their coach. It’s re­ally an un­be­liev­able op­por­tu­nity to have our na­tional team play­ers, who are seen as role mod­els by many of the young­sters, vis­it­ing us to help the kids im­prove their game,” Meki said. — ZC

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