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Date Published: 2017-09-15
Region & WICB News
Former Spartan and Wotton batsman Francis Hippolyte dies suddenly at 45
Bridgetown, Barbados, September 15 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Former Spartan Division 1 batsman Francis Hippolyte has died suddenly at the age 45.
Hippolyte passed away at his Glebe Land, St. George residence, where he also operated a popular shop, in the wee hours of Thursday morning after complaining of feeling unwell, his girlfriend Angela Niles told BCAcricket.org.
Born in the island of St. Lucia, Hippolyte came to Barbados at the age of three and was educated at St. George Secondary.
Apart from representing Spartan between 1991 and 1993 in the top BCA Championship, he turned out for Wotton in the lower divisions for many years.
Hippolyte played a full season in 1992 when Spartan finished second in the First division Championship on 46 points, just one point behind Maple, who won the title for the first time ever.
In that Spartan team were the likes of captain Livingstone Puckerin, Philo Wallace, Ezra Moseley, Henderson Springer, Dave Marshall, Tony Howard, current BCA coach Dexter Toppin; Mark Lavine and George Linton (both now deceased) - all of whom played first-class cricket.
“Francis was an attacking batsman and a good team man,” Marshall, the current Spartan head coach, told BCAcricket.org.
“He was also a no-nonsense person off the field. If he had something to say, he would tell you. He underachieved a bit because he fell out of love for the game a bit after leaving Spartan,” added Marshall, who as a leg-spinner was Spartan’s top bowler in the 1992 Division 1 season with 39 scalps at 14.61 runs apiece.
Hippolyte was the father of three boys and one girl.