West Indies cricket legend Sir Gary Sobers is visiting Taunton School today (Monday 29 June) along with Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick for a special day including coaching sessions for local children.
Sir Gary is viewed as one of the greatest all-rounders ever in cricket, with over 8,000 test runs at an impressive 57.78 average and over 200 test wickets at an average of 34.
Hailing from Barbados, Sir Gary was one of the dominant West Indian players from the 1960s and 70s, set the test batting record of 365 against Pakistan and was a superb spin or pace bowler.
He was involved in the famous tied Test against Australia in 1960 and hit six consecutive sixes in an over against Glamorgan’s Malcolm Nash.
He was an enterprising captain and was involved in some excellent games against England over the years. He briefly played in England for Nottinghamshire and was knighted for services to cricket in 1975.
Today’s event will be attended by children from local primary schools, who will take part in coaching sessions – along with Taunton School and Taunton Preparatory School students – with Trescothick, who is also the school’s Head of Cricket Development.
Sir Gary, along with Marcus, will give a talk in the Old Library from 4-5pm, which promises to be an entertaining discussion with two of the greatest left-handed batsmen of their generation, providing an insight into sport at the highest level.
Details are available from the school on 01823 703703.