Ambrose and Greenidge visit Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield U11s with Curtly Ambrose and Gordon Greenidge

Toby Slater and Oscar Rodgers combined can quite match the 6ft7ins Ambrose

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LEGEND is a term too loosely bandied about these days, but it certainly applies to the two West Indies cricket greats that sprinkled star dust at Beaconsfield CC during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Curtly Ambrose and Gordon Greenidge have 206 Test appearances between them, with Ambrose taking 405 wickets and Greenidge amassing 7,558 runs.

They helped a fearsome West Indies side demolish opponents for more than two decades and last Friday they came to Bucks to explain how they did it.

Apart from answering questions about their long and illustrious careers, the pair also put the Beaconsfield U11s through their paces with Ambrose focusing on the bowlers and Greenidge working with the batsmen.

Ambrose said: “"There are some good little players here, man.

“The quicks run in hard and show some nice aggression, and the spinners aren't at all frightened to give it a big rip.

“There are some good batters too, but for me the bowlers just edged it out there.”

Beaconsfield won the Bucks Cup last season and manager Jenny Rodgers believes they’ll only get better after this brush with greatness.

She said: “It was wonderful for the boys to spend quality time with two genuine legends of the game.

“Sir Curtley and Gordon were brilliant, and really happy to spend time passing on their experience to the boys.

“It was an amazing evening, made even more special because we were able to support the Caldicot Caribbean Cricket Charity which helps to finance coaching in schools and provides cricket equipment to children who are less fortunate than ours.”

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