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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Franklyn Stephenson

21-Feb-2014

Youngsters at the Franklyn Stephenson Academy receive their kit donation from Sussex CCC and Newbery

One of Sussex’s coaching staff caught up with a former star of Hove recently and found out what he had been up to since leaving BN3 nearly two decades ago.

West Indian quick Franklyn Stephenson joined Sussex in 1992 and was our overseas player for four seasons, remembered by many for his incredible slower ball that had batsmen ducking for cover, only to see it drop onto a length or into their stumps. The all-rounder finished his career at Hove with 183 wickets and 2660 runs in first-class cricket, as well as another 127 and 1580 in the List A format.

He returned to his home in Barbados when he left Sussex in 1995 and became a golf professional at Sandy Lane Golf Club, but the 54 year-old has focused much of his time and effort creating his own cricket academy in the Bennetts St. Thomas area. Having been donated a piece of land he has turned it into a cricket and golf Academy, so that youngsters in Barbados can access affordable facilities and coaching. It is an expensive business keeping it running and the Academy requires around £30,000 per year to keep it going. Franklyn himself coaches and works at the ground.

Sussex’s Cricket Performance Manager Keith Greenfield, who played with Stephenson in the early 90’s, recently caught up with Franklyn and his project, whilst getting together some donations of kit, both old and new, to go to the Academy. However, new balls and monetary donations are needed to help the project continue developing to give the youngsters opportunities to fall in love with the game of cricket.

“It was great to catch up with Franklyn and Julia”, said Greenfield. “His huge smile still strikes you when you see him again and the Academy project is helping so many youngsters fall in love with cricket and give them something to really commit to and to occupy their minds.”

You can find out more about the Academy by visiting the website HERE. Also, if you would like to donate to the project, you can contact him via e-mail by clicking HERE


Franklyn Stephenson playing for Sussex at Horsham in 1994

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