The University of Victoria Cricket Club is hosting an exciting fundraiser on Aug. 7 at Beacon Hill Park. The club has organized for international cricket player and IPL coach Eric Simons to come to Victoria to host a three-hour bowling clinic and two-hour seminar.
“Simon is one of the leading bowling coaches in the world and has played cricket at the highest level,” described Dr. James Young, one of the organizers for the event and also a professor of philosophy at UVic. “It will be an opportunity for local players to receive instruction from someone who coaches the best bowlers in the world including English all-rounder Ben Stokes.”
Simons, who originates from South Africa, played first-class cricket for Western Province of South Africa. He represented South Africa’s national team from 1992-1994 and coached the national team from 2002-2004. Simons was a bowling consultant for India’s national team in 2010 to 2012, when he later took over as head coach for the IPL’s Delhi Daredevils. More recently, Simons coached the Rising Pune Supergiant with a team that includes the talents of Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, MS Doni, Ajinkya Rahane, Pfaf du Plessis and Imran Tahir.
“Every year our club must pay over $3000 to enter teams in the Victoria and District Cricket Association competitions,” said Young with regards to the club hosting this major fundraiser. “We must also buy approximately $800 worth of balls every season.”
The club and sport of cricket is a hub for a wide variety of cultures and nations. From complete beginners to the most experienced, all levels are welcome to join the UVic Cricket Club. The club was formed in 2009 by Young and B.N. Sunil. Young is still the Secretary and occasionally plays for the team.
“The bulk of our players are international students from the Asian subcontinent,” describes Dr. Richard van Oort, one of the co-founders of the UVic Cricket Club and also an associate professor and literature program advisor at the university. “The club provides new arrivals with a friendly community, many of whom have been through the same shock of arrival. Not only do newcomers find they can play their beloved sport but they also get immediate access to a network loaded with information about where to stay, where to eat, what classes to take, and where to buy those spices for the home cooking they miss.”
The bowling clinic will be held from 3-6 p.m. for $50 and the talk with question and answers after is from 7-9pm and is $20. The bowling clinic is $50 per club (Division 1 only) and each club may send two bowlers. Both events will take place at the Beacon Hill Park cricket ground.