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Date Published: 2017-09-19
Region & WICB News
Former St. Catherine, YMPC and BCL Division 1 player Hophni Sargeant dies aged 58
Bridgetown, Barbados, September 19 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Former St. Catherine, YMPC and Barbados Cricket League (BCL) Division 1 all-rounder Hophni Sargeant has died at the age of 58 following an illness.
Known during his playing days as Othneil Sargeant, he represented St. Catherine in 1984 under the captaincy of Trevor Clarke and again in 1985 and 1986 when Thelston Payne was the skipper.
In 1986, Sargeant topped the St. Catherine bowling averages with 22 wickets at just 6.27 runs apiece.
The following season, he played for YMPC, then led by Winston Reid.
Sargeant had the honour of captaining the BCL for the last nine matches of the 1992 season during a rough period for the Blenheim team after they were led by David Bowen for the first three matches and then the late Barbados fast bowler Tyrone Greenidge for a solitary match.
That season, Sargeant scored 323 runs including two half-centuries with a career-best 83 not out at an average of 21.53, and picked up 13 wickets (ave: 23.38) after sending down 105 overs - the most for his side - as they finished rock bottom for the second straight year.
He again represented the BCL in 1993 with Byron Morris as the captain, and also played for Rangers in the BCL domestic competition.
The Division 1 Championship was rebranded as Elite in 2012.
In recent years, Sargeant turned his attention to the BCA lower divisions for St. Catherine and Mapp Hill.
One of his most outstanding bowling performances came in 2013 when he grabbed eight for 67 for St Catherine against Maxwell in an Intermediate division match at Briar Hall.
He also played for St. Catherine in the 2014 G4S Masters Final against Banks Wildey at Lucas Street.
Sargeant, who resided at Chapel Land, St. Philip, leaves to mourn three sisters and two brothers.
His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27 at the St. Philip Parish Church.