Bermuda captaincy brief for former Cardiff Met cricketer
A former student of Cardiff Metropolitan University is to captain Bermuda’s national cricket team.
Batsman Stephen Outerbridge, aged 29, studied sports and exercise science at the university, then known as UWIC, from 2006-09. He played for the Cardiff/Glamorgan MCC Universities team, based at Cardiff met.
He made his Bermuda debut in 2004 and has played 23 one-day internationals and three T20 matches for his country. As skipper he will succeed former Glamorgan batsman David Hemp.
|Batsman Outerbridge in action
||Cardiff Met graduate Stephen Outerbridge
Next year, Bermuda will compete in global qualifying events for places in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and in the 2014 ICC World T20 in Bangladesh.
Outerbridge said: “It’s a great honour for me to lead Bermuda; now starts the challenge of guiding the squad through regular competition at world level.
“My three years at Cardiff Met came after spending time on the MCC Young Cricketers staff at Lord's – and it proved to be an invaluable experience for me.
“Staff at Cardiff spent many hours helping me; the principles instilled by coaches such as Kevin Lyons remain the cornerstone of my batting.
“Kevin’s the best batting tutor I’ve worked with and I hope he and his colleagues continue to provide superior coaching at Cardiff Met.”
Lyons, Cardiff/Glamorgan MCCU director of cricket, said: “Stephen worked hard when he was here; he was technically sound and was always eager to improve.
"He's a more experienced and better player now and I know that David Hemp always thought a lot of him. I wish Stephen well."
Outerbridge, who served regularly as vice-captain under Hemp and played in the 2007 ICC World Cup in the Caribbean, will lead Bermuda in T20 and 50-over cricket.
Bermuda Cricket Board president Lloyd Fray said: “Stephen possesses many qualities important for the leader of our senior team. With his wealth of international experience, I expect he will prove to be an outstanding captain and an excellent role model.
“He will be ably assisted by David Hemp who will provide mentoring support and guidance."
Hemp made his debut for Bermuda, the country of his birth, in 2006. He stepped down as skipper last month.