Father and son make cricket history

POSTED: 09/2/11 11:49 AM

St. Maarten – Keith Mckindley Carty was born on August 20, 1964, his son Keacy Uycless Carty on March 19, 1997 and when they were selected to open the batting for the Nagico team, little did they know that they were making history because, the son’s career starts at the end of the father’s.
Carty, an Anguillan by birth got involved in the game at an early age while attending school. “As a youngster growing up, it was either cricket of football and I opted to play cricket,” Carty told Today Sports.
It was normal for young boys and even girls to play (bat and ball) as it was customary known by people in the Caribbean. That was the stage when potentials would materialize and those persons with abilities would be selected to represent the class, or village.
It was while he was attending the Valley Secondary school that his young talent was put to the test and he was off to a bright start. “We were playing against Island Harbor team in a domestic competition and I was nervous at first. But ended up scoring 14 runs and took 5 wickets for 31, with 5 maidens from 10 overs,” Carty said.
But Carty did not stay in Anguilla long enough to make the national team because he took up residence on St Maarten in 1982 and that was the start of a whole new ball game. Bursting with energy at the seams and eager to play, Carty was not afraid to make his presence felt on the local scene and it was not long after he was enlisted on the Hawaiian Tropics Cricket Team.
His strong defensive approach and batting style to the game made him the right candidate for an opening batsman and that is an area he has been developing in over the years playing at the domestic level and at the international level.
It is not unusual when a son insists that he accompanies his father to a cricket field, or any field of play and it’s not strange when a son unwittingly interrupts his father while he is on the field of play. But little did Carty know then that his son would follow his footsteps that were just the beginning.
“Every father should be proud to know that his son is willing to follow his footsteps in a positive manner and as a cricketer I was happy to pass on that knowledge, I did not give him a chance to have an option and he was just around nine years old at the time,” Carty pointed out.

Instead of staying at home and watching television or spending time on a computer, young Carty made it his duty to be on the field whenever his father had to be there. His stint in the kiddy cricket training program served as the right platform for his development in the game.
But it was not until he had reached the age of 11 that he got his first break to make a name for himself when he selected to represent a local U-15 selection against Anguilla. “I was concerned for his welfare, I thought he was a bit too small and I did not think he was ready for that kind of exposure and I asked the coach to excuse him.”
Keacy Carty got his break the following year and it turned out to be a nerve wracking experience for his father looking on from the sidelines during that encounter. “The entire team was nervous and he did not score in his first match, I must say that his performance in that game was far below expectations,” Carty said.
Unlike the father whose speciality was to open the batting, the son was more of an all rounder, but Carty found himself wearing more caps than one when it came to his son who was developing a competitive spirit.
He was the assistant cricket coach for the youth development wing of the St Maarten Cricket Association of which his son was involved and he of course is a father and mentor for the other kids in the program.”I began to groom him to pick up from where I left off, but with his ability, I know he can go a far way as an all round cricketer.”
The time they spend together on the field allowed them to become source of inspiration for each other while practicing in the nets and the thought of playing against each other at first was farfetched much less playing on the same team.
But that scenario presented itself about three weeks ago in the first game of the RBTT Cup when both Carty’s were selected to open the batting for the Nagico team. It was a historic moment for the father and son, something either of them thought would materialize.
“I went as far as forseeing us playing on the same field, but not together for the same team and walking out together on the field that morning was a proud moment for me,” said Carty. According to Carty, it was a nervous moment for them both, it was not just father and son walking onto the field for the first time, they were team mates.
“I was not speaking to him as a son and giving him advise, I was speaking to him as a team mate and at one point he said to me, daddy, I am not a baby, I know what I am about. But I wanted him to get some runs, but he did not in that game.”
Carty agreed that it’s still a learning process for his son who is now 14 years old and has the potential to go a long way and he is prepared to do what is necessary to make him a better player. “I am now playing to get to the next level, but as long as I am injury free, I will be there for him in any way and form as a father figure and as a team mate. I have to be that motivating figure in his life,” Carty pointed out.
Carty, who sees himself as a roll model is of the opinion that parents should play a more supportive roll in the sporting lives of their children. “They need to be examples, it’s very important that parents go out to the same venues as the kids so that they can monitor some of the positive performances, they just can’t stay at home and expect to be supportive,” he noted.
Ironically, although Keacy looks up to his father as his role model, he is an admirer of Ian Bell, a right hand bat, right arm medium pace bowler from England and Lendl Simmons, a right hand bat, right arm medium fast bowler and occasional wicketkeeper from Trinidad & Tobago.

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