GALLERY: Legendary West Indian batsman spends day coaching Wisbech Grammar School pupils
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A WEST Indian cricket legend spent a day passing on his skills to Wisbech Grammar School pupils.
Gordon Greenidge MBE, 62, was an instrumental part of the dominant West Indian side of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
A destructive opening batsman, he smashed 7,558 runs in 108 test matches and struck 19 centuries, with a highest score of 226.
He spent time doing workshops with all the different cricket age groups, including the first team.
Phil Webb, head of sport, said: “One of the pupils parents works down in London and he met Gordon at a function and asked him if he would like to come up and coach at the school.
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“It’s been absolutely awesome to have him here.
“He’s spent all day working with all the different cricket teams. He’s done basic coaching with the youngsters and given more technical advice for the older players, which they have really benefited from.
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“A lot of the fathers of pupils have been telling them about what a great player he was and what he achieved in the game.
“He is an inspirational character and it’s great having him here.”
Greenidge, who played his last test match in 1991, hopes to return to the school at some point.
He said: “I ended up in Wisbech after meeting a guy in a pub in London. He asked me to come to the school and I was happy to make the trip.
“It has been a fun day and the weather has not been too cold.
“There are some good players here who it would be good to work with in the future.
“I hope I can come here again and do some more coaching.”
Greenidge believes England have every chance of winning the Ashes this summer.
He said: “You guys have got a really good chance. You have got a well balanced side.”