32 year old Barry Stroud, is heading for Rwanda.
Having spent the last 20 years playing in local St Helena leagues and division 2 cricket in the UK, Barry was selected 3 weeks ago as a part of the squad to represent St Helena in Rwanda this month.
Barry, who is a left-handed batsman and right-arm off-spinner, started playing senior cricket at the age of 12 and hasn’t stopped since.
A trip to the UK in 2009, saw him leave his team Western A, and he spent 6 years following his passion in England, where he played for the Ordinance Survey Cricket Club who were at the time in the Hampshire Cricket League Division 2 and he further played with the Knebworth Blues Cricket Club and several other teams in the Hertfordshire County.
This trail led him to experience various turf wickets across the UK and the Isle of Wight and during these six years completed a coaching and development course with the ECB targeting kids at grassroots level .
Barry returned to St Helena in 2015 and restarted his local career, including returning to the team he started with 20 years ago.
Heading away from the Island this weekend, Barry knows his young family will be cheering him and Team St Helena on, as he hopes the team and the Island can make a significant impact on the tournament and the cricket fraternity.