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SLIDESHOW: Sir Garfield Sobers pays a visit to thrilled youngsters

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 24, 2014

  • WISE WORDS . . . Sir Garfield Sobers addresses youngsters at Repton School.

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PUPILS at a South Derbyshire school were bowled over after a visit from a cricket legend.

Legendary West Indian all-round Sir Garfield Sobers made cricketing history when he played for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan at Swansea on August 31, 1968.

The big-hitting batsman faced Malcolm Nash and hit a maximum 36 runs off the tormented 23-year-old’s over.

He was visiting the school to speak to young cricketers ahead of their game with a Derbyshire U17 side.

He took part in a question and answer session and then tossed the coin before the game began.

He also spent time talking with members of staff and the head teacher.

The former cricketer - also a keen basketball player - was knighted by the Queen in 1975.

The 77-year-old often comes top of polls in the sporting world as the ‘best ever all round cricketer.’.

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