Courtney Andrew Walsh OJ is a former Jamaican cricketer who represented the West Indies from 1984 to 2001, captaining the West Indies in 22 Test matches. He is a fast bowler, best known for a remarkable opening bowling partnership along with fellow West Indian Curtly Ambrose for several years. Walsh took 519 and 227 wickets respectively, he shared. He held the record of most Test wickets from 2000; this record was broken in 2004 by Shane Warne. He was the first bowler to reach 500 wickets in Test cricket, his autobiography is entitled "Heart of the Lion". Walsh was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1987, one of the Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year a year later. In October 2010, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, he was appointed as the Specialist Bowling Coach of Bangladesh Cricket Team in August 2016. Courtney Andrew Walsh was born on 30 October 1962 in Jamaica, he played his early cricket there with the same cricket club for which Michael Holding played cricket—the Melbourne club.
Walsh first claim to fame came in 1979 when he took 10 wickets in an innings in school cricket and three years made his first-class cricket debut. He played 427 matches of this format between 1981 and 2001, took 1,807 wickets at the average of 21.71, including 104 five-wicket hauls and 20 ten-wicket hauls. Walsh played first-class cricket for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club from 1985 to 1998. Walsh played cricket for the West Indies from 1984 to 2001, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club from 1984 to 1998, Jamaica cricket team from 1981–82 to 1999–00, Rest of the World XI in 1987 and West Indies A in 1991–92, he first played for Gloucestershire CCC in 1984 and was a mainstay of the side until 1998. Walsh made his Test debut against Australia in Perth in 1984, he played six Test matches during the 1984–85 season, five against Australia in the 1984–85 series between the teams, one Test against New Zealand in the home series. He took 16 wickets in the season conceding 507 runs. In the same season, Walsh made his One Day International debut against Sri Lanka at Hobart during the World Series Cup.
He took one wicket for 47 from 10 overs in the match. In the next two seasons, Walsh played a match at home against England, three matches against Pakistan and three matches against New Zealand, both outside the West Indies, he took 29 wickets from seven matches in these seasons, including a five-wicket haul against New Zealand. In 1987, Walsh was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year for his performance the previous year. In the 1987–88 season, Walsh toured India and played four Test matches against them, taking 26 wickets at an average of 16.80. In the first Test of the series at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, he took six wickets for 67 runs, including five wickets for 54 runs in India's second innings. In the first innings of the second Test at Wankhede Stadium, he repeated the same performance of five for 54. In that season, Pakistan cricket team played three Tests there. In the 1987 Cricket World Cup Walsh backed out to ball and run out Saleem Jaffar as he was backing up as Pakistan required two off the last ball to qualify for the semi finals, Abdul Qadir scored the winning runs and West Indies lost but Walsh was deservedly feted for his sportsmanship, he received a hand-woven carpet from a local fan.
Walsh underperformed in the series, taking only four wickets from three matches. He played four matches against England in 1988, took 12 wickets at an average of 34.33. During the West Indies tour of Australia in 1988–89, Walsh played five Tests and took 17 wickets at 29.41. His best bowling in the series came the first innings of the first match, taking four wickets for 62 runs, including a hat-trick, he took an unusual hat-trick that covered two innings at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, dismissing Australia's Tony Dodemaide with the last ball of the first innings and Mike Veletta and Graeme Wood with his first two deliveries in the second. During that winter he took 10 wickets in a Test match for the first time against India in Kingston. In 1994, he was appointed captain of the West Indies for the tours of India and New Zealand after Richie Richardson was ordered to rest because of "acute fatigue syndrome". In 1995, he took 62 Test wickets at an average of 21.75 runs per wicket, a performance which he bettered in 2000 when he took 66 Test wickets at an average of 18.69, including 34 wickets in the Test series against England at an average of 12.82 runs per wicket.
Coming close to the record for a West Indian bowler of 35 wickets in a Test series. In the 1990s, his partnership with Curtly Ambrose was one of the most feared bowling attacks in world cricket. During the first part of his career, Walsh served as the "stock" bowler in an attack featuring Marshall, Joel Garner and Ambrose, but after the retirement of Marshall and Garner took the role as opening bowler, his action lacked the elegance of those bowlers, but its economy and his natural athleticism ensured he was accurate and durable over long spells and he used his height to extract vicious bounce. As he lost pace in the stage of his career he continued to take wickets at an undiminished rate. Walsh played his last ODI against New Zealand in 2000 and his last Test match against South Africa in his homeland, Jamaica, in 2001. Walsh is one of only four bowlers to have bowled over 5000 overs in Test cricket
O'Neil Gordon "Collie" Smith was a West Indian cricketer. A hard-hitting batsman and off spin bowler, Smith was rated in West Indies, he idolised Jim Laker. In his third first-class match, he hit 169 for Jamaica against the touring Australians in 1954–55, was included in the side for the First Test, he started his Test career scoring 104 on debut against Australia. But after a "pair" in the next match, he was dropped, he returned for the Fourth and Fifth Tests, finished the series with 206 runs at 25.75 and 5 wickets at 68.00. He toured New Zealand in 1955–56, scoring 64 in the First Test and putting on 162 for the fourth wicket with Everton Weekes in 100 minutes, he was less successful with the bat in the next three Tests, finishing the series with 78 runs at 15.60, but his off-spin brought 13 wickets at 18.53, including 2 for 1 and 4 for 75 in the Second Test. In England in 1957, he scored 161 in the First Test and 168 in the Third Test, once driving Brian Statham into the car park, he was chosen as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
In 1957–58 he made 283 runs at 47.16 and took 13 wickets at 38.00 against Pakistan in the West Indies. In India in 1958–59 he scored 287 runs at 35.87 and took 9 wickets at 29.66. In the Fifth Test at Delhi he scored 100 and took 3 for 94 and 5 for 90. In the three Tests in Pakistan he was less successful, scoring 81 runs at 16.20 and taking 3 wickets at 20.00. During 1958 and 1959 he played for Burnley in the Lancashire League where in 1959 he set a league record of 306*, he died from injuries sustained in a car accident in 1959 at the age of 26. The accident happened at 4:45am on 7 September, while he was travelling with his West Indian teammates Garry Sobers and Tom Dewdney, they were driving to London to attend a charity match. The trip had been delayed because of the traffic; the car ran into a 10-ton cattle truck driven by a Mr. Andrew Saunders; the accident happened on the A34 near Stone in Staffordshire. Smith was thrown forward, his injuries seemed minor and Smith told Sobers, in reference to Dewdney, "Don't worry about me.
Look after the big fellow." But his spine was injured badly and he soon went into a coma. He died without regaining consciousness three days later, his body was taken to Jamaica. His tombstone in Jamaica's May Pen Cemetery is engraved: "Keen Cricketer, Unselfish Friend, Worthy Hero, Loyal Disciple, Happy Warrior." Sobers and Dewdney were not injured, suffering lacerations and bruises. Sobers was issued with a notice of intended prosecution. On 11 November at Stone Magistrates' Court, Sobers was found guilty of careless driving; the prosecutor said that Sobers had failed to take a bend and was in collision with a cattle truck travelling in the opposite direction. Sobers had his licence suspended for a month. Sobers pleaded not guilty. A biography titled, he had the nicknames "Mighty Mouse" and "Wayside Preacher" because he liked reading the lesson in church. The road passing Boys Town Club in Trench Town, Smith's birthplace, is named Collie Smith Drive in his memory. Garry Sobers and Brian Scovell, Twenty Years at the Top Christopher Martin-Jenkins, The Complete Who's Who of Test Cricketers Cricketarchive profile Cricinfo profile Cricketer of the year article
Leslie George Hylton was a Jamaican cricketer, a right-arm bowler and useful lower-order batsman who played in six Test matches for the West Indies between 1935 and 1939. In May 1955 he was hanged for the murder of his wife, whom he had shot in a jealous rage a year earlier. Born into poverty, Hylton became a regular member of the Jamaican cricket side from 1927. Although overlooked on several occasions for the full West Indies team, he was selected in 1935, to face the visiting English touring team, he performed well, as part of a trio of fast bowlers that included Learie Constantine and Manny Martindale, helped to secure a West Indies victory in the four-match Test series. He was chosen again in 1939, for a three-Test tour of England, but was out of form and lost his place in the Test side. On his return home he retired from first-class cricket. In 1942 Hylton married the daughter of a police inspector. A son was born in 1947. In the early 1950s, Lurline Hylton's ambitions to be a dress designer led to long absences at fashion schools in New York.
There, she met up with Roy Francis, a reputed philanderer, the two began an affair. When Hylton learned of this he confronted his wife, after initial denials she confessed. Hylton shot her seven times, his defence of provocation was rejected by the court, which found him guilty and sentenced him to death. Legal appeals, a petition for clemency, proved to be of no avail as the law took its course. Hylton has been overlooked in cricket histories; the 1956 Wisden included an obituary that contained the date but not the manner or circumstances of his death. Many years an addendum gave the details. Writers have considered the case more sympathetically, have linked Hylton's treatment to his background of deprivation and to judicial intransigence. Hylton was born on 29 March 1905, in Jamaica, he was brought up in difficult family circumstances, in the lower strata of Jamaican society, not knowing who his father was. His mother died when he was three years old, he was raised by her sister, who died when he was a teenager.
His education was incomplete. He appears to have made little progress in this trade, took up a variety of unskilled jobs before becoming a dock labourer. Despite the handicap of his impoverished background, Hylton grew up to be strong and athletic, acquired considerable skill and a local reputation as a cricketer; when and how he began to play is not recorded. The cricket historian Mike Marqusee writes that, by the early 20th century, all social classes in the West Indies had taken up cricket, although clubs were stratified in a hierarchy of skin tones. By the 1920s the more exclusive cricket clubs of the colonies had begun to accept into their numbers talented cricketers such as Hylton, from the lower orders of society. According to Manley, "it was becoming clear that the descendants of the former slaves showed remarkable aptitude for the game", it was the normal course of events that black, uncoached players such as Hylton should emerge as bowlers rather than batsmen. Hylton developed as an all-rounder, a bowler who could vary speed with spin and who could perform usefully as a batsman.
In the 1920s, opportunities for first-class cricket in Jamaica were limited, since its distance from the other West Indies cricketing colonies prevented its participation in inter-colonial tournaments. First-class opposition was provided from time to time by visiting teams from England. One such touring side arrived at the beginning of 1927, led by the former England Test captain Lionel Tennyson and containing several other English Test cricketers including Percy Fender and Ernest Tyldesley; the party's fixtures included three representative first-class matches against the Jamaica XI. In the match, Hylton scored 7 in his two innings, being not out in each case, he held two catches in the field. He kept his place for the second representative game, played at Melbourne Park, made his mark as a bowler by taking 5 Tennyson XI wickets for 34 runs in the tourists' first innings, 3 for 53 in their second; these performances were enough to establish a regular place in the Jamaican side. In December 1927 he travelled to Bridgetown, Barbados, to take part in a trial match which would help select the touring party for the West Indies' debut Test series, to be played against England in 1928.
Hylton's performance in the match was modest, he was not chosen for the England tour. The cricket writer Mark Whitaker believes that race may have been a factor in Hylton's non-selection, on this and occasions: "he snooty Bridgetown press dismissed him as a'slinger' and a'garden bowler'. Inter-island rivalry in the Caribbean of the 1920s had a nasty edge of colour-consciousness, Leslie Hylton was black indeed"; when Tennyson brought another team to Jamaica early in 1928, Hylton played in all three representative matches, the first two of which were won by Jamaica, the third being drawn. In this last game Hylton showed his potential as a batsman, scoring half-centuries in each of his two innings. During the following years, the Jamaica side played little top-grade cricket, Hylton's opportunities to shine were limited, he was not selected for the We
Hophnie Hobah Hines Johnson was a West Indian cricketer. His first-class cricket career began with his debut for Jamaica in 1935 and lasted until 1951, interrupted by the Second World War. Making his international debut at the age of 37, his Test career lasted. All three were against England, the last was in 1950. During his first Test Match, Johnson took five wickets in five in the second, he was the first fast bowler to take ten wickets in a single Test for the West Indies, held the record for best bowling figures by a West Indies player on debut until his 10/97 was bettered by spin bowler Alf Valentine. Johnson was 40 years old. Johnson made his first-class debut on 9 March 1935, at the age of 24, playing for Jamaica against the touring Marylebone Cricket Club. In a first-class career which lasted until 1952, he played ten for Jamaica. Three of matches were Tests, a further fifteen were representing the West Indies on tour outside international matches, he played six first-class matches between 1935 and 1939, all for Jamaica because organised cricket in the region was interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War.
In 1947–48, the Marylebone Cricket Club under the captaincy of Gubby Allen toured the West Indies, as England played four Tests against the West Indies. Though the West Indies used three different captain, they won the Test series 2–0 and outplayed England, prompting Norman Preston to comment in Wisden that "There was no question that West Indies deserved their triumph. On current form they must be the strongest cricketing body apart from Australia"; as well as the captaincy changing hands, five different fast bowlers were used each playing a single match, including Hines Johnson. Johnson debuted in the fourth Test against England, with his team leading 1–0; when the match started on 27 March 1948, Johnson was 37 years old. Statistically he was the most successful of the West Indian fast bowlers who played in the series, taking five wickets in each innings to lay the foundations of victory in the final Test, his haul of 10 wickets for 97 runs marked the first time a fast bowler had taken ten wickets in a match for the West Indies.
They were the best bowling figures in a Test at Kingston, a record, only broken in 2005. Only fifteen players have taken ten or more wickets in their first Test, Hines was the first of two West Indians to achieve the feat; the other West Indian bowler was spinner Alf Valentine, who took 11 wickets on debut in 1950. The West Indies toured India for five Tests in 1948 -- 49. Though the West Indies won the series 1–0 it was felt that a fast bowler of Johnson's calibre might have helped the West Indies turn the draws into victories. Johnson played the second and third Tests of his three-match international career during the West Indies' tour of England in 1950; the team's fast bowlers – Johnson, Prior Jones, Lance Pierre – were expected to be the key to the team's fortunes, but spinners Alf Valentine and Sonny Ramadhin dominated the bowling, taking 59 wickets between them in the four-Test series. Under John Goddard's captaincy the West Indies fielded just one specialist opening bowler in each Test, with Johnson filling this role in the first and third matches, opening the bowling with first Gerry Gomez and Frank Worrell.
Injury prevented Johnson from bowling in the second innings of the first Test, in the second match he was replaced by Jones. Johnson returned for the third Test, which proved to be the last of his career, shortly after his 40th birthday; the Wisden report for Johnson's debut match recorded that "Johnson, standing 6 feet 3 inches, looked a great fast bowler. At no time did he attempt to intimidate the England batsmen by pitching short, but maintained a splendid pace, by persistently keeping the ball well up the pitch compelled his opponents to make strokes." List of West Indies cricketers who have taken five-wicket hauls on Test debut espncricinfo
Marlon Nathaniel Samuels is a Jamaican cricketer who plays internationally for the West Indies in all three formats, a former ODI captain. He is an off-spinner, he was a key member of the West Indies team that won the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 and 2016 ICC World Twenty20, was named man of the match in the final of both tournaments, becoming first man to achieve the feat. Samuels made his Test debut in Australia in 1999, his One Day International debut against Sri Lanka in Nairobi during the ICC Knockout Trophy in the same year. In 2013 he was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year, he was one of the franchise players for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League. In 2016 the West Indies Cricket Board named Samuels as the ODI Player of the Year and the Cricketer of the Year. Anrich Nortje He is the younger brother of Robert Samuels a West Indian cricketer. During the West Indies tour of Australia, on 9 October 2005 Samuels registered his highest first-class score with an innings of 257, it was made in a tour match against Queensland at the Gabba.
His effort was a record score at the ground, beating Martin Love's 250. Showing his allround abilities, he followed it up with 5 wickets in the next innings; the Bangladesh Cricket Board founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League in 2012, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February that year. An auction was held for teams to buy players, Samuels was bought by the Duronto Rajshahi for $360,000, he was the team's highest run-scorer with 242 from 11 innings in the competition. In February 2012, Samuels signed a contract with Pune Warriors India to play for them in the 2012 and 2013 Indian Premier League; the 2012 IPL clashed with Australia's tour of the West Indies, Samuels was granted permission to skip the three Test series and play in the league. During the tournament he was reported for having a suspect bowling action, suspended from bowling in the rest of the competition. In October 2012 he was selected for the Melbourne Renegades in the 2012/2013 Big Bash T20 League, he helped both Peshawar Zalmi to win the 2017 Pakistan Super League, Kowloon Cantons to win the 2017 Hong Kong T20 Blitz.
Despite this recent success, he was not selected until the 8th round of the 2017 Caribbean Premier League Draft, as he was picked up by the St Lucia Stars. Samuels scored his maiden Test hundred at Kolkata against the Indians in 2002/03, his innings of 104 helped the West Indies to draw the 3rd Test and was made against the likes of Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. His first ODI ton came in the series which turned out to be a series winning innings. With the series level at 3–3 going into the final match at Vijayawada on 24 November 2002, Samuels smacked 108 not out off just 75 balls; the West Indies went on to win by 135 runs. He played in two Tests on the tour of Australia in 2005, with a highest score of 29, before he was sent home with a knee injury. Against Pakistan at Multan in late 2006, Samuels scored his second ODI century, his unbeaten 100 led the West Indies to victory as they chased the Pakistani total. He fell just short of another century a month against the Indians in Chennai but his quick fire 98 helped his side chase down India's 268.
Samuels played as part of the Pro Cricket league in the United States for the Chicago Tornadoes. In January 2007, Samuels was named man of the match after scoring 94 and 40 in the first Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth, a match the West Indies won by 128 runs, he went on to score his second Test hundred, in the final match, hitting 105 although it wasn't enough for his side to win the match or the series. Samuels was involved in the run-out of Brian Lara in his last international match, against England during the 2007 World Cup. Lara was on 18, when Samuels signalled for a quick run but was unable to reach the other wicket in time as Kevin Pietersen underarmed the ball to hit the stumps. After the World Cup, the West Indies toured England in May. Unexpectedly Samuels was not included in the squad for the Test leg, but was called up as a replacement when Ramnaresh Sarwan suffered an injury. On 4 July Samuels made 77 runs from 104 balls against England in the second Natwest ODI, he and Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored a record third wicket partnership of 175 runs at Edgbaston in a game West Indies won.
On 25 February 2008 Samuels was suspended from bowling in international cricket until he corrects his bowling action, deemed suspect. Indian police accused Samuels of giving out team information to a known bookie prior to the 1st ODI between the West Indies and India in Nagpur on 21 January 2007, it was claimed that they have taped telephone conversations between a bookmaker, Mukesh Kochchar, Samuels. The transcript was released by the police. After a hearing into the matter, in May the International Cricket Council enforced a two-year ban on the 27-year-old for "receiving money, or benefit or other reward that could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute". Samuels maintained his innocence. Samuels' two-year ban expired on 9 May 2010, he subsequently returned to playing for Jamaica. West-Indian chief selector Clyde Butts stated that the door was open for Samuels to serve the West Indies in international cricket provided that he proved himself on the domestic circuit. During the 2011 World Cup in February and March, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo suffered an injury and the West Indies Cricket Board asked Samuels to fly out to act as a replacement.
Samuels declined, stating that he did not yet feel ready, but that he was targeting a return during India's tour of the West Indies in June and July. The West Indies were knocked out in the quarter finals of the World Cup, in the team's first e
Tommy Scott (cricketer)
Oscar Charles Scott was a West Indian cricketer who played in West Indies' inaugural Test tour of England in 1928. Scott was born in Franklyn Town, Jamaica, he played in eight Tests for the West Indies, all five in the Australian tour of 1930–31. Scott holds the unenviable record for conceding the most runs by any bowler in a single Test match, his match figures of 9 for 374, against England at Kingston in 1929–1930, included his first innings bowling analysis of 80.2 overs, 13 maidens, 266 runs for 5 wickets, as England amassed 849 in a Timeless Test. The latter-day Australian bowler, Jason Krejza went for a more miserly 358 in the Fourth Test between Australia and India in 2008/9. Scott died in Kingston at the age of sixty eight. Tommy Scott at ESPNcricinfo
Lester King (cricketer)
Lester Anthony King was a West Indian cricketer who played in two Tests from 1962 to 1968. On his debut, in 1962, he took five wickets in the first innings against India in Kingston. List of West Indies cricketers who have taken five-wicket hauls on Test debut Lester King at Cricinfo Lester King at Cricket Archive