‘Bert’ Bell dies
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By Nelson A. King
West Indies off-spinning allrounder
“accuracy, calm head and ability
to bowl long” make him
invaluable to the Caribbean
team, reported ESPNcricinfo
“Whether Cornwall intends
to or not, he seems to have a
calming influence on the West
Indies team.,” it said. “It was
evident even when he was getting
hit for sixes. He didn’t let
out his frustration.
“Regardless of how the game
played out at the other end,
Cornwall remained accurate
and relentless with the ball in
hand,” ESPNcricinfo added.
“The ball came down from
his six and a half feet height
in search of the outside edge
for 30 straight overs, and the
assurance that it would happen
kept West Indies going.”
It noted “the big man” took
three catches to go with his
nine wickets in the second and
West Indies’ Rahkeem Cornwall bowls against India during
day one of the second Test cricket match at Sabina Park
cricket ground in Kingston, Jamaica Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.
Associated Press / Ricardo Mazalan, fi le
final Test against Bangladesh
that ended on Sunday.
With the ball, ESPNcricinfo
said Cornwall provided West
Indies interim skipper Kraigg
Brathwaite with “one incisive
over after another.”
He had Najmul Hossain
Shanto and Mohammad Mithun
caught at short-leg; “both
batsmen lulled into one motion
of playing his offspinner, particularly
on a fourth-day pitch,”
By Nelson A. King
Legendary Caribbean Swimming
Coach, Albert “Bert” Bell,
a titan of the Caribbean swimming
community, died on Jan.
16. He was 75.
Swimming World magazine
reported on Jan. 26 that Bell was
at his home in Grand Bahama.
He’s worked for decades tutoring
many of the top Bahamian
athletes, in cycling, swimming,
triathlon and rugby. Those athletes
include his sons, Dave and
Andrew, Swimming World said.
It said Bell was inducted to
the Grand Bahama Sports Hall
of Fame in 2008.
A founding member of the
Freeport Aquatics Club, Bell
coached a number of swimmers
who went on to compete internationally
and helped launch the
Learn to Swim program at Freeport’s
YMCA, Swimming World
“We are saddened by the
death of our 2008 inductee
Albert ‘Bert’ Bell. He was a dedicated
educator and a committed
athletic coach,” Harold Williams,
chairman of the Grand
Bahama Sports Hall of Fame,
told the magazine.
“We mourn his passing and we
salute him. Bert Bell’s induction
was related to his local, national,
and world-class achievements as
a swim coach,” he added. “His
contributions shaped swim
champions and more importantly,
he molded university graduates
and everyday good model
citizens. Bert Bell took pride in
bringing out the best in young
people and discipline was his
trademark. He was a community
giant and he will be missed.
“As we mourn his death, we
find solace in knowing that the
Grand Bahama Sports Hall of
Fame organization gave Bert
Bell his deserved recognition
while he was among the living,”
Williams continued. “His
great legacy will never die. We
extend heartfelt condolences to
his family, friends, colleagues,
and the wider sports community.
May his soul rest in peace
and a swimming pool greet him
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