Inside the Elite Division
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2019-09-11
Teenager Williams reflects on chequered career after outstanding feat of 9-80 in Elite division
Bridgetown, Barbados, September 11 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Teenaged Wanderers all-rounder Ryshon Williams is still savouring his special feat of taking nine wickets in an innings in the top BCA three-day Championship.
Williams wreaked havoc among the Carlton batsmen with his left-arm spin to grab nine for 80 off 20.2 overs including three maidens on the opening day of Series 4 in the Elite division Competition at Desmond Haynes Oval on September 7.
After they were sent in, the home team recovered from dire straits at 82 for six to score 201 all out in 53.2 overs.
Wanderers closed on 17 without loss off five overs.
Now in his 19th match at this level, the 19-year-old Williams is the youngest bowler in the last three-and-a-half decades to take nine wickets in an innings with the accomplishment being the 26th in the period under review.
That list includes two bowlers who have performed the very rare achievement of snatching all ten wickets - fast bowling all-rounder Kenrick Marshall of Police in 1993 and yet another all-rounder, St. Catherine’s Derick Bishop, who bowls left-arm spin, in 2015. (See full list later in this feature).
Prior to Williams, the last bowler to take nine wickets in an innings was also from Wanderers - leg-spinner Nikolai Charles, with nine for 26 in the second innings against Maple at Trents in 2017.
Operating from the Kenneth “Tootie” Warren end at the north after he was brought on as the fourth of five bowlers all told, Williams was well on course for grabbing all ten wickets before captain Matthew Jones, one of the architects of Carlton’s recovery, was eighth out - run out for an attacking 60 off 46 balls including eight fours and two sixes - with the score 172.
Jones, who went to the crease at No. 8, added 71 in 10.3 overs for the seventh wicket with Zidane Clarke (37).
“It would have been great to get all ten wickets but I was still happy because the batsman who got run out was Jones, who was scoring the runs,” Williams told BCAcricket.
“It feels good. It is not something that happens very often. I am glad that my hard work is paying off and at my young age that I could get such a big achievement.
“I would say that my success was due to being accurate and patient at the same time.
“The pitch was good for batting so I varied my pace and concentrated on bowling at the stumps. I varied the balls that were turning and then I bowled the arm ball well, so that the batsmen could not get accustomed to what I was bowling.”
Williams was replaced after his first spell of 12 overs including three maidens during which he had six for 38 (the score was 102 for six off 32 overs), by Jamar “Slick Rick” Trotman, who was soon removed after being lashed for 21 runs off two overs.
When Williams returned, the score was 139 for six off 37 overs and he proceeded to bowl until the end of the innings. Hence, that spell showed 8.2-0-42-3.
“My team-mates were saying if the other bowlers don’t want to get any wickets then I should take all.”
So who is Ryshon Shacory Williams? Born February 28, 2000 at Parris Hill, St. Joseph where he still resides, Williams was educated at Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School before entering Deighton Griffith Secondary and then moving to The Lodge in fourth form.
He is also a fairly decent athlete with three bronze medals in the high jump at the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletic Championships.
Williams made his Elite division debut for Barbados Youth as an opening batsman against BDFSP at Paragon in the second series of 2017 - whipping boys Barbados Youth lost by an innings and 18 runs - and played for the rest of the season, batting at the top apart from one innings - at No. 7 in the first against Sagicor Life UWI in Series 5 at 3Ws Oval when he failed to score in the match, having been run out in the second innings.
He scored 40 in his very first innings, which is his highest score in a disappointing aggregate of 341 runs, at an average of 10.33 going into the current series.
And he had taken 20 wickets at 26.45 runs apiece including five for 56 in the first innings against St. Catherine at Bayfield in the opening round this season before his outstanding performance last Saturday. Furthermore, the most overs he had sent down in an innings were 20, including three maidens, while picking up three for 65 in his very first match against BDFSP.
Williams joined Wanderers in the latter half of last season after playing the first four matches for Barbados Youth and has found himself batting at different positions, while not hiding his disappointment with his returns.
“I have been batting all over the place. I don’t think I am as confident as I was before in the batting. I just need confidence and I think my batting form will come back,” he said.
When compared with his disappointing form in the Elite division, there were signs of his batting showing some improvement in the just concluded BCA Super Cup Championship. In 11 matches - Wanderers were beaten by 43 runs by Wildey in the Final at the 3Ws Oval on August 31 - he batted eight times including one not out and scored 159 runs (ave: 22.71) with a best of 82 not out against BDFSP in Round 4 when he also took three for 36 at Dayrells Road.
Williams’ bowling, however, was outstanding as he finished with 18 wickets - the most for Wanderers - at 19.33 runs each and an economy rate of 3.74 from 93 overs.
As far as the premier BCA league Championship is concerned for those taking nine wickets in an innings since the mid-1980s, Kenrick Marshall and Derick Bishop must be highly commended.
Marshall, tall and strapping, took ten for ten in the first innings against Combined Schools North at St. James Secondary in 1993 en route to match figures of 16 for 38 as Police triumphed by 82 runs in a 10th series match.
The diminutive Bishop has every right to feel that he is very special. A consistently prolific performer with 923 wickets in 191 matches after 19 consecutive seasons since his debut in 2000 before opting to play in the obscurity of the Division 2 Championship this season while his beloved St. Catherine are battling relegation in the Elite division, he took centre stage in two consecutive rounds.
On August 16, 2015, Bishop snatched nine for 59 in the second innings against ESA Field Pickwick at Bayfield in Series 4 as St. Catherine came from behind to pull off an exciting eight-run victory. He then hauled in ten for 24, again in the second innings, against Empire, who lost by 160 runs - again at Bayfield - on August 30.
Former Barbados left-arm spinner Winston Reid, arguably the greatest ever BCA top league bowler, has the most nine-wicket hauls (three).
Bishop and two leg-spinners - Sherlon Greaves, the former Empire all-rounder, and Spartan's Dave Marshall, now the coach of the Queen's Park team - have all achieved the feat twice.
Reid, who boasts of an all-time record of 1579 top division wickets for YMPC and Banks (renamed Wildey), recorded his nine-wicket hauls in 1986, 1992 and 2005.
In 1986, he took nine for 70 for YMPC against Wanderers at Beckles Road and claimed he was denied all ten because of a declaration by the Wanderers captain Stephen Farmer, who was then unbeaten on 60.
Six years later, Reid grabbed nine for 33 for YMPC against Schools North at Beckles Road and in 2005, he picked up nine for 52 for Banks against Maple at Trents.
Greaves took nine for 134 against Banks at Bank Hall in 1986 and nine for 40, again v Banks at The Brewery in 1993.
Dave Marshall snatched nine for 91 against Schools North at St. James Secondary in 1998, and nine for 45 against BDFSP at Paragon in 2007.
Among those in the ‘nine-wicket club’ are former long-standing BCA president and the great West Indies fast bowler Joel “Big Bird” Garner, who was also a champion Barbados first-class captain, and surprisingly, Floyd Reifer, the current interim West Indies head coach, better known for his batting and who is also a former West Indies captain.
Garner took nine for 20 for BET (also known as Cable & Wireless, C&W BET, LIME and now Gladiola) against Pickwick at Wildey in 1994, while Reifer picked up nine for 41 (NB: the other batsman was run out) for Cable & Wireless BET against Combined Schools at Deighton Griffith, Kingsland, in 2002.
Following is the list of bowlers who have taken nine wickets in an innings since 1986: (NB: Match figures, results of matches and summarised scores are also listed).
Winston Reid (YMPC) 9-70 & 0-2 (9-72) v Wanderers at Beckles Road (Series 3). Drawn.
YMPC 188 all out and 170 all out. Wanderers 209-9 declared and 7-0.
Sherlon Greaves (Empire) 9-134 v Banks at Bank Hall (Series 5). No-decision.
Banks 281 all out. Empire 230-6.
Wayne Yarde (Pickwick) 9-57 & 2-28 (11-85) v Spartan at Kensington Oval (Series 3). Pickwick won by 56 runs.
Pickwick 281 all out and 16-4 declared. Spartan 168 all out and 73 all out.
Delroy Walrond (Empire) 9-31 & 1-32 (10-63) v YMPC at Beckles Road (Series 8). Drawn.
YMPC 79 all out 137-6. Empire 93-3 declared.
Charles Griffith (Banks) 9-39 v Pickwick at Kensington Oval (Series 11). Drawn.
Pickwick 88 all out. Banks 325-5.
George Linton (Spartan) 9-65 & 2-70 (11-135) v St. Catherine at Bayfield (Series 6). Drawn.
St. Catherine 182 all out and 218-9. Spartan 155 all out.
Llewellyn Tull (BET) 9-21 & 5-41 (14-62) v St. Catherine at Bayfield (Series 1). BET won by seven wickets.
St. Catherine 83 all out and 127 all out. BET 141 all out and 70-3.
Winston Reid (YMPC) 9-33 & 6-34 (15-67) v Schools North at Beckles Road (Series 6). YMPC won by four wickets.
Schools North 109 all out and 133 all out. YMPC 147-7 declared and 97-6.
Kenrick Marshall (Police) 10-10 & 6-28 (16-38) v Schools North at St. James Secondary (Series 10). Police won by 82 runs.
Police 49 all out and 164-7 declared. Schools North 47 all out and 85 all out.
Sherlon Greaves (Empire) 9-40 & 7-47 (16-87) v Banks at The Brewery (Series 12). Empire won by 67 runs.
Empire 208-9 declared and 168-5 declared. Banks 153 and 156.
Joel Garner (BET) 9-20 & 1-56 (10-76) v Pickwick at Wildey (Series 5). BET won by nine wickets.
BET 225 all out and 78-1. Pickwick 67 all out and 235 all out.
Victor Skeete (St. Catherine) 9-28 & 5-32 (14-60) v Banks at The Brewery (Series 8). St. Catherine won by 36 runs.
St. Catherine 152 all out and 72-4 declared. Banks 67 and 121 all out.
Sylvester Louis (Police) 5-13 & 9-54 (14-67) v BCL at Blenheim ‘A’ (Series 11). Police won by 45 runs.
Police 82 all out and 106-3 declared. BCL 35 all out and 108 all out.
Henderson Wallace (Pickwick) 9-25 v BCL at Kensington Oval (Series 9). Drawn.
BCL 221 all out. Pickwick 238-9.
Dave Marshall (Spartan) 9-41 & 4-45 (13-85) v Schools North at St. James Secondary (Series 10). Schools North won by five wickets.
Spartan 86 all out and 162 all out. Schools North 123 all out and 126-5.
Floyd Reifer (C&W BET) 9-41 & 4-46 (13-87) v Combined Schools at Deighton Griffith, Kingsland (Series 12). Schools won by ten runs.
Schools 129 all out and 171 all out. C&W BET 185 all out and 105 all out.
Winston Reid (Banks) 9-52 & 4-46 (13-98) v Maple at Trents (Series 9). Maple won by 13 runs.
Maple 174 all out and 199 all out. Banks 219 all out and 141 all out.
Dave Marshall (Spartan) 9-45 (2nd innings) (NB: Did not bowl in the 1st innings) v BDFSP at Paragon (Series 5). Spartan won by 74 runs.
Spartan 200 all out and 175-9 declared. BDFSP 175 all out and 126 all out.
Sulieman Benn (Spartan) 9-45 & 3-60 (12-105) v Wanderers at Dayrells Road (Series 7). Drawn.
Spartan 265 all out. Wanderers 94 and 198-8.
Jamar Griffith (Bristol) 9-58 (1st innings) (NB: Did not bowl in the 2nd innings) v Maple at Trents (Series 9). Drawn.
Bristol 141 all out and 250-8 declared. Maple 181 all out and 32-0.
Tennyson Anthony Roach (YMPC) 9-39 & 3-39 (12-78) v Pickwick at Beckles Road (Series 6). YMPC won by 186 runs.
YMPC 128 all out and 295 all out. Pickwick 119 all out and 118 all out.
Michael Agard Jr (LIME) 9-78 & 2-79 (11-157) v UWI at 3Ws Oval (Series 8). Drawn.
UWI 276 all out and 205-8. LIME 405-9 declared.
Derick Bishop (St. Catherine) 6-82 & 9-59 (15-141) v Pickwick at Bayfield (Series 4). St. Catherine won by eight runs.
St. Catherine 191 all out and 241-8 declared. Pickwick 279 all out and 145 all out.
Derick Bishop (St. Catherine) 3-67 & 10-24 (13-91) v Empire at Bayfield (Series 5). St. Catherine won by 160 runs.
St. Catherine 286 all out and 98-2 declared. Empire 162 all out and 62 all out.
Nikolai Charles (Wanderers) 4-16 & 9-26 (13-45) v Maple at Trents (Series 2). Wanderers won by an innings and 45 runs.
Maple 110 all out and 43 all out. Wanderers 198 all out.
Ryshon Williams (Wanderers) 9-80 v Carlton at Desmond Haynes Oval (Series 4). NB: Match still in progress.