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Ageas Bowl centre opened
Hampshire legend Gordon Greenidge has opened The Orbit, the Hampshire Cricket Community Trust Study Centre, at The Ageas Bowl.
Greenidge made the journey from Barbados to unveil the Study Centre in the Shane Warne Stand.
The former West Indies batsman was joined by pupils from Wildern School, who came up with the winning name.
Fully equipped with computers and books, The Orbit will be used throughout the year by The Ageas Bowl’s charitable arm, the Hampshire Cricket Community Trust.
It is currently being used to pay homage to Hampshire’s many cricketers of black – and particularly Caribbean – heritage as part of ‘Black History Month’. So it was fitting that Greenidge should unveil the plaque.
He said: “This is exactly what I’m doing in the Caribbean. As patron of the Gordon Greenidge Primary School, we’ve embarked on developing a library and a learning centre just like this so I’m very glad to be here.”
Greenidge, who won 108 Test caps, played for Hampshire from 1970-87, scoring 19,840 first-class runs at 45.4 and 9,801 one-day runs at 38.43.
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