Gallery: Master pure class

Sachin Tendulkar, one of the cricketing world s greatest superstars, was in Hitchin on Sunday afternoon. The little master from India came to the club and the town hall thanks to his lifelong friendship with Hitchin s overseas star Atul Ranade. The day s

Sachin Tendulkar, one of the cricketing world's greatest superstars, was in Hitchin on Sunday afternoon.

The little master from India came to the club and the town hall thanks to his lifelong friendship with Hitchin's overseas star Atul Ranade.

The day's principle objectives were to assist in the on-going development of the club's youngsters and to raise valuable exposure and funding for the ambitious projects lined up.

The morning session at Lucas Lane was based around Sachin providing a batting masterclass coaching session in the nets to more than 120 of the club's colts.

He taught youngsters about the stance and grip followed by defence and driving, both on the off and leg side.

Sachin also formally opened the club's new digital scoreboard. He was suitably impressed as the club's statisticians had arranged for the LED indicators to show his record Test score!

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The afternoon session was held at the Hitchin Town Hall where varied discussion took place between Sachin and his pal Atul.

The little master talked about all aspects of the game, both past and present, with a few tales of his life.

His dedication to the 'spirit of the game' was demonstrated in all of his comments.

The afternoon ended with an auction of cricket memorabilia, including signed bats and shirts donated by both Sachin and club members, to raise funds for club projects.

Club chairman Ian Mills said: "Everyone present certainly had a wonderful day, where they were able to spend time with one of the world's greatest ever players.

"It will help in our objective of building further on the improving profile of the club across North Herts."

The event was sponsored by The Raj Douth and the Sir John Barleycorn pub.

Anyone wishing to support the club with sponsorship initiatives should call Ian Mills on 07770 990074.

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