Shivnarine Chanderpaul took time out of his busy schedule to hold a private coaching session with a local cricketer - after donating the money-can't-buy prize to support ‘Balls to Cancer’ in memory of the late David Smyth.
The world number two Test batsman welcomed Roger Cartwright to the County Ground, after the Stainsby Hall batsman won the prize in a silent auction run by staff at Virgin Active to battle testicular cancer in the wake of David’s death from the disease earlier this year.
His colleagues at the Virgin Active gym, where he worked as a personal trainer, hope to raise money through the auction as well as other fund raising activities for their chosen charity ‘Balls to Cancer’.
David was a keen and very able cricketer for Derbyshire County League side Stainsby Hall - and fittingly the winner of this exclusive prize was from the same club.
Speaking after the session, Chanderpaul said: “It’s great that I can lend my support and help the charity set-up in memory of David Smyth.
“Roger did well. We threw him a few balls to first see where he was at and what we could improve during the session. We opened his stance a little and by the end he was able to hit the ball up the track.
“This is a thing I like to do when I am available.
"When I come into the nets with a couple of the guys I try and help them in the area they need help in. This is the thing I always do when I am here or back in the Caribbean with the West Indies team. I try and help as much as I can and hopefully Roger can take a lot away from our session.”
Roger Cartwright added: “It was fantastic. I think he has totally changed the quality of my batting which I can now take forward into next season.
“I have only been playing for a few years and this has certainly helped my game immensely - and I thank Shiv for kindly giving up his time.”
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