Cricket giant Sir Garfield Sobers gave tips to youngsters at Wisbech Grammar School on Friday as they prepare for their biennial sports tour to Barbados.
Sir Garry is considered to be the finest-ever all-round cricketer, who scored more than 8,000 Test runs (including the then-world record score of 365) and took more than 200 wickets. He met the boys who are competing in the Sobers Schoolboy Cricket Tournament in July.
The legend gave advice to the youngsters about the conditions they would face in the West Indies and how they would need to adapt to them.
At a lunch with the boys and cricket staff he talked enthusiastically about his experiences playing for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, South Australia, Barbados and the West Indies.
Members of the preparatory school, Magdalene House, went to their afternoon break after meeting him and pupils all over the grounds started playing impromptu games of cricket.
Director of sport Phil Webb said: “To influence young children who have never seen you play just by talking to them and showing them how you should hold a cricket bat truly is inspiration.
“We are indebted to Sir Garfield for giving up his time to visit the school and pupils of all ages have been inspired by a truly great man.”
Among his feats, in 1968 Sobers became the first batsman ever to hit six sixes in a single over of six balls in first-class cricket for Notts against Glamorgan; the unlucky bowler was Malcolm Nash.