Budleigh Colts get cricketing master-class

PUBLISHED: 16:01 13 December 2011

Henry Olonga

Henry Olonga

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Twenty young cricketers were put through their paces by an international star and social activist, writes David Beasley.

Budleigh Salterton Colts had a net session with former international test star Henry Olonga at Exmouth Community College.

The young players met Henry, who was Zimbabwe’s first black cricketer and the youngest to represent his country, making his test debut at 18 against Pakistan in 1995.

He and his fellow test player Andy Flower were propelled into the international spotlight and wore black armbands to mourn the death of democracy in Zimbabwe, in a protest that made headlines across the globe.

The move put Henry’s life in grave danger, prompting a difficult escape from his homeland.

Now living in England and stripped of his Zimbabwe citizenship, Henry has made a name as a public speaker, author and singer.

Kevin Curran, of Budleigh’s cricket club, said: “He spent time with each colt and spotted their strengths and weaknesses and how each could improve.”

Henry returned to the college and gave a talk about his life.

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