Young STATHS batsman hoping to shine this season
Livingston Scott, Gleaner Writer
Fifty-eight players participated in the first of the five scheduled INSPORTS Corporate Area cricket clinics, held at Maxfield Park cricket ground recently. The participants included two females, 23 primary school representatives, and high school students from Norman Manley High, Haile Selassie High and St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS).
One of the more senior attendees at the clinic was St Andrew Technical's 16-year-old batsman Duvanne McKenzie, who revealed that the two-day camp had a great impact on him and has increased his passion for the game.
McKenzie told The Gleaner that receiving instructions and corrections from world recognised coaches and former players Robert Samuels and Robert Haynes and Jamaica coach, Junior Bennett, was a great boost to all in attendance and his intention is to continue to work to improve on what he was taught.
"It was a great experience to be able to interact with persons who have a good knowledge of the game who can help us to build character and our game. They really helped us to improve with tips and demonstrations, and they showed us what we are doing wrong and how to do it right," he explained.
"It has been totally positive. Interacting with these former players and coaches has provided a great boost to our confidence. In the long run it will help to improve young cricketers and cricket in the country," he added.
McKenzie started playing cricket in his last year at Tarrant Primary School before moving on to St Andrew Technical where he developed his skills and represented them at Under-14, Under-16 and Grace Shield cricket.
He has not produced consistently good performances, but going forward he hopes to use the teaching from the clinic to improve his game for the upcoming Grace Shield season.
"I think the information I have received will help improve my batting, and it is now up to me to continue to improve on it. For my last season (Grace Shield) I intend to be among the top performers and win the trophy because this team (STATHS) has been building for about four years now and we just want to unite and bring home the cup.
"I want to score the most runs for STATHS and try to see if I can make the trials for Jamaica," he said while adding that he wants to motivate his school to better their semi-final and quarter-final performances of recent seasons.
Four more INSPORTS clinics are set to be held in the Corporate Area at Lucas, Kensingston, Melbourne and Boys' Town cricket grounds. The clinics are geared at unearthing and developing talented young cricketers.