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On the 2nd of May 2015, Almond Beach Resort was treated to "A Night with a Legend"; where guests got the opportunity to meet Barbados' only living hero; cricketing legend Sir Garfield Sobers. 

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The most gifted all-rounder of all time, Sir Garfield proved to be a "hit" with the guests at Almond as well. Mingling with the guests proved to be just as easy for the legend as hitting sixes in a cricket game. The legendary batsman had plenty of advise for the star-struck guests and even a few pointers for the management team who took time out for some memorable photos with the National Hero.

Taking the spotlight was familiar for Sir Garfield, using this time to speak to guests about his earlier cricketing days, where he gave insite to his time in England where he captained the Nottinghamshire English county team from 1968-74. He had the rapt attention of both management and guests as he gave first-hand account of his life and how he got to where he is now.

As a batsman, Sir Garfield Sobers established a recort for Test (International) matches by scoring 365 runs not out in a single inning, (West Indies vs Pakistan 1957-58 season), a record that stoot until 1994. He was an exceptional bowler who could bowl in every conceivable style, from medium-pace to left arm spin. He was also a brilliant fielder at a position, but particularly adept in close-to-the-wicket fielding. Sir Garfield also stated his love of golf, soccer and basketball which he played professionally for Barbados, proving he is one of hte most versatile athletes Barbados has ever produced.

He entered first-class cricket at age 16 and bowled for the West Indies team against England in the 1953-54 season. His team defeated Australia then, in 1966, beat England three matches to one. His test career lasted 20 years and he captained the West Indies team 39 times. Sir Garfield Sobers retired in 1974 and was knighted in 1975. His batting, 8032 runs in test matches (1953-74) set a record as did his 26 centuries (100 runs in a single inning). He was named one of Wisden's five cricketers of the century in 2000. Sobers wrote several books on cricket, including novel, Bonaventure and the Flashing Blade (1967), and with J.S. Baker, a history of cricket in the West Indies (1967).

Written by Kelly Ward