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Date Published: 2020-05-26 

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Road to The BCA Top 40: Spartan’s Special Season - 1990

Bridgetown, Barbados, May 26 - (www.bcacricket.org) - This year, 2020, marks the 40th in which Keith Holder has been compiling statistics on the premier Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Championship.

Formerly known as the First division since 1892, it was rebranded as the Elite division in 2012 - three years after the promotion and demotion system was introduced.

To mark his four decades of keeping track on the performances of all the teams and players, Holder will ultimately feature a BCA Top 40 in batting, bowling and fielding (most runs, most wickets etc).

Over the next couple of months, he will be highlighting the leading performances in each season.

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Spartan beat Empire in derby; Roland Holder, Tull top with runs and wickets

For the first time in a decade, the ‘derby’ of local cricket carried an extra special interest.

And the year 1990 also proved to be very special for Spartan.

Not only did the Queen’s Park team beat long-standing rivals Empire by two wickets in the top-of-the-table 11th round match at Bank Hall, but they also went on to capture the title, and then performed the double by defeating the very same Empire by 40 runs in the Final of the one-day Championship (then called the Barbados Fire Cup, now the BCA Super Cup) on December 9 at Kensington Oval.

Played on October 27, November 3 and 4, Spartan went into the First division match on 53 points - six more than second-placed Empire.

It attracted one of the biggest crowds ever in the history of local cricket as spectators found every available vantage point including atop the roof of the Pavilion. It was a breath-taking picture throughout the match.

Rain played a part and the pitch was well-grassed and generally soft throughout the match as reflected by the low scores.

Following that victory, Spartan pulled away and captured the title with 69 points, earning $6 000. Empire finished second on 54 points ($4 000).

Scores were: Empire 88 all out (21.2 overs) (Jeremy Alleyne 24, Emmerson King 11; Ottis Gibson 6-41, Frankly Stephenson 4-41) and 101 all out (29.5 overs) (Scofield Hewitt 34, Michael Inniss 22, Roland Holder 13, Victor Walcott 10; Dexter Toppin 5-26, Franklyn Stephenson 2-27).

Spartan 61 all out (20.1 overs) (Dexter Toppin 27, Roy Alleyne 16; Jeremy Alleyne 4-7, Delroy Walrond 3-32) and 130-8 (42.2 overs) (Livingstone Puckerin 31, Feliston Gilkes 17, Robert Headley 15, Philo Wallace 13; Victor Walcott 4-26, Delroy Walrond 3-28).

The teams were:

Empire – Michael Inniss (captain), Ricky Hoyte, Roland Holder, Sherlon Greaves, Jeremy Alleyne, Emmerson King, George Codrington, Samuel Skeete, Scofield Hewitt, Victor Walcott, Delroy Walrond.

Spartan – Livingstone Puckerin (captain), Philo Wallace, Feliston Gilkes, Robert Headley, Roy Alleyne, Ronnie Griffith, Dexter Toppin, Franklyn Stephenson, George Linton, Henderson Springer, Ottis Gibson.

Umpires: David Archer, Lloyd Barker.

That season, veteran leg-spinning all-rounder George Linton captained Spartan in the first three matches before Puckerin took over for the rest of the season.

Spartan won seven matches, lost two and drew four.

One of the defeats was in a one innings, by six wickets against St. Catherine, in Series 10 at Queen’s Park after rain washed out play on the first two days. It was played under a new BCA rule introduced in 1989 with five points for a win and one point for a loss.

And history will now show that it took Spartan another 29 years before beating Empire again in a top division league match. That was last season by 253 runs at Queen’s Park (Series 6). And they captured the prestigious title, too.

During that very long period, Spartan lost six times to Empire – by nine wickets at Queen’s Park in 2005; by ten wickets at Bank Hall in 2006; by 121 runs at Queen’s Park in 2007; by seven wickets at Bank Hall in 2013; by one wicket at Queen’s Park in 2014 and by 180 runs at Bank Hall in 2018.

As far as the 1990 First division season was concerned, Derwin Thompson of Police and Empire’s Jeremy Alleyne topped the overall batting and bowling averages.

Alleyne’s team-mate Roland Holder amassed the most runs (718; ave: 42.23) and the BET swing bowler Llewellyn Tull again took the most wickets (68; ave: 9.88), co-incidentally the same number of scalps as the previous season when BET were promoted.

Wicket-keeper/batsman Thompson, then aged 25, performed outstandingly with both bat and gloves after returning for his first full season in three years because of a nagging injury to the neck and back.

Thompson played in all 13 matches and scored 494 runs from 19 innings including an amazing ten not outs, for an average of 54.88.

It was, therefore, hardly a surprise that he was dubbed the “Not Out Specialist”.

His highest score was 93 against St. Catherine at Weymouth in the second series when he led the side in the absence of batting stalwart Leslie Reifer, who was on a cricket tour of United States with a Police team.

Thompson, a former Coleridge & Parry, Combined Schools and Barbados Under-19 team player, was also the top wicket-keeper with 37 victims (31 catches and six stumpings).

His career had suffered a setback in 1987 when he fell from a chair at work and sustained a serious injury to the neck, which later affected his back. He was forced to miss that season as well as the next and desperately tried to make a comeback in 1989, only to find that his back acted up again after the first match and sidelined him for the rest of the season.

The tall Alleyne, also a 25-year-old and better known for his batting, proved to be an effective medium-pacer, especially on rain-affected pitches.

Alleyne earned 22 wickets at a miserly average of 7.36 with best figures of six for 10 against Combined Schools South at Harrison College ‘A, Crumpton Street, in the fifth series. He also picked up six for 16 against Pickwick at Bank Hall in the ninth round - both match-winning performances.

Holder, then aged 22, again showed that he was one of the best batsmen in the island by scoring two big centuries on his way to becoming the only player with over 700 runs.

He hit the highest individual score as well - 176 not out against the BCL at Blenheim ‘A’ in the third series and the second highest - 167 off Wanderers at Dayrells Road in the 12th round.

It was the fourth time in six years that Holder had scored over 500 runs in a season. In that period he piled up 3186 runs (ave: 36.20).

No praise could have been too high for the super fit Tull at the age of 33. He had a best haul of nine for 21 against St. Catherine at Bayfield in the opening round, for match figures of 14 for 62.

Eleven batsmen scored over 500 runs and eight bowlers took 50 or more wickets.

BET’s Ahmed Proverbs, who very often during a conversation would bellow the word “definitely”, boasted of the second most runs (601; ave: 30.05) including a solitary ton of 166 not out off Wanderers at Wildey in Series 9.

In that match, his team-mate, attacking opening batsman Ron Bates, lashed 157 as the pair added 238 for the second wicket in a first innings total of 356 for three declared.

Bates was third on the list of leading scorers with 556 (ave: 27.80).

Proverbs was one of three brothers who played for separate teams that season. The eldest, Stanton, also a top order batsman, represented St. Catherine and the youngest, Cedric, a seam bowling all-rounder, turned out for Combined Schools South.

St. Catherine captain and star batsman Thelston Payne and fellow left-hander Adrian Griffith, who skippered Combined Schools South, joined Holder in scoring two centuries in a total of 20.

Payne made 536 runs (ave: 29.77) and opener Griffith 533 (ave: 24.22).

Michael Inniss of Empire and Spartan’s Philo Wallace each took the most catches (18).

Spartan team (with matches in brackets) - Livingstone Puckerin (captain, 11), Philo Wallace, Ronnie Griffith, George Linton (13), Dexter Toppin (12), Roy Alleyne, Henderson Springer (11), Feliston Gilkes, Ottis Gibson (10), Robert Headley, Trevor Griffith (8), Wayne Alleyne, Anthony Phillips (5), Donovan Lovell, Franklyn Stephenson, Orlando Harewood (3), Ezra Moseley (2), Tony Howard, Irvine Belgrave, Basil Small (1).

FINAL POINTS

Spartan 69, Empire 54, BET 50, YMPC 49, Police 48, Banks 44, Carlton 42, St. Catherine 28, Maple 26, Schools South 25, Wanderers 25, BCL 25, Schools North 23, Pickwick 18.

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BATTING                                         MT     I     NO      R       HS        Ave   100   50

Roland Holder (Empire)                    13     19    2      718     176*   42.23     2     3

Ahmed Proverbs (BET)                     13     22    2      601     166*   30.05     1     4

Ron Bates (BET)                              13     23    3      556     157     27.80     1     2

Roy Coppin (YMPC)                          13     23    2      545     76       25.95     0     3

Richard Armstrong (Wanderers)        13     21    2      540     130     28.42     1     1

Thelston Payne (St. Catherine)          13    21    3      536     127     29.77      2     1

Ricardo Harrison (Carlton)                12     19    1      533     110     29.61     1      3

Adrian Griffith (Schools South)          12     23    1     533     111*    24.22     2      1

Byron Morris (BCL)                           11    18    2      514      90      32.12     0      2

Michael Matthews (Carlton)               13    20    1      507      94      26.68     0      4

Clinton St. Hill (Pickwick)                  12    19    2      503      76      29.58     0      2

Derwin Thompson (Police)                 13    19   10     494      93      54.88     0      3

Floyd Reifer (Schools North)              13    19    1      490      96      27.22     0      3

Wilbur Bruce (Carlton)                      11    18    1      464      81      27.29     0      3

Winston Reid (YMPC)                        13     21   7      463      97      33.07     0       1

Joseph Harris (Pickwick)                   11     18    2     428    107      26.75     1       2

Arnold Gilkes (Banks)                       13     18    0     422      61      23.44     0       2

Philo Wallace (Spartan)                     13    20     0    419     152      20.95     1       1

Derek Battershield (Schools North)    13     19    2     416    104      24.47     1       2

Ryle Stuart (St. Catherine)                13     20    0     415     62       20.75     0      3

Carl Chapman (BCL)                         11     17    2     412     73       27.46     0       2

Stanton Proverbs (St. Catherine)       13     21    1     408     78       20.40     0       2

Sherwin Campbell (YMPC)                 9      14     0     407    137      29.07     1       2

Sherlon Greaves (Empire)                13     19     4     407    100*    27.13     1        1

Leslie Reifer (Police)                        12     17     2     394      96      26.26     0        1

Trevor Haynes (Schools South)         13     25     2     392     61      17.04      0        2

Michael McClean (Police)                  13     19     1     391     56       21.72     0        4

Ralph Taylor (Pickwick)                    11     19     0     390     66       20.52     0        3

Courtney Browne (Schools North)     13     19     1     381    70        21.16     0        4

Adrian Brathwaite (BCL)                  13      19     1     373     64      20.72     0         3

Orlando Greaves (Banks)                 13     18      0    360     93       20.00     0        3

Roy Alleyne (Spartan)                     11      17     3     354     82      25.28     0        2

Adrian Grant (Pickwick)                   12      20     0     348     69      17.40     0        2

Livingstone Coppin (BET)                 13     18     4     347      68     24.78     0        3

Brian Johnson (BET)                        11     19     3     344     70*    21.50     0        1

Carl King (Police)                            11      17    1     340      55      21.25     0        2

Geoffrey Mapp (Police)                    12     18     1     339      49      19.94     0        0

Richard Carter (Banks)                    12     16     0     338      76      21.12     0        4

Livingstone Puckerin (Spartan)         11     16     2     334     72      23.85     0         3

Ronnie Griffith (Spartan)                 13      19    4     330      79*    22.00     0         3

Ryan Durant (Schools South)           13      25    2     323     51*    14.04      0        2

Ian Straughn (YMPC)                      12      20     2     311     78      17.27     0        2

Jeremy Alleyne (Empire)                 11      16     3     310     67      23.84     0        1

Wayne King (YMPC)                        11     16      1     307     55      20.46     0        1

Ricky Hoyte (Empire)                      11     16      3     305     52      23.46     0        1

Pearson Best (St. Catherine)           13      21     2     301     43      15.84      0        0

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BOWLING                                            MT        O         M       R      W      BB       Ave    5W   10W

Llewellyn Tull (BET)                              13      278.3     67    672     68    9-21    9.88      7      2

George Linton (Spartan)                       13      225.2     56    515     57    6-43    9.03      3      0

Delroy Walrond (Empire)                      13      231.1     47    622     54    5-27    11.51     3      0

Henderson Springer (Spartan)              11     203.5      53    424     53    6-24     8.00      3      1

Winston Reid (YMPC)                           13     257.3       61   616     52    6-25    11.84     3      1

Neil Norville (Schools North)                 13     237.2      35    897     51    6-17    17.58     5      1

Anderson Cummins (YMPC)                  12     218.4      57    541     50    8-31    10.82     2      0

Junior Parris (St. Catherine)                 13     200.4      30    608     50    7-54     12.16    4      0

Sylvester Louis (Police)                        12     242.4      52    589     48    5-15    12.27     4      1

Lonelle Hutson (BET)                           13     300.5     104   572     43    5-14    13.30     3      0

Barry Callender (Banks)                       13     220.2     43    654      43    5-49    15.20     1      0

Ottis Gibson (Spartan)                         10     155.2     47    366      42     6-41    8.71      3      0

Ian Bradshaw (Schools South)              13     213.1     43    601      41    7-34    14.65     4      0

Dave Marshall (BCL)                            13     233.2     21     785     41     6-45    19.14    5      1

Thelbert Brathwaite (Banks)                 13     219.3     53     600     40     7-60    15.00    2      0

Emmerson Jordan (Maple)                   11     166.4     23     513     39     7-58     13.15    3      0

Kenrick Marshall (Police)                       8      188.3     55    439     38      5-52    11.55    1      0

Tyrone Greenidge (BCL)                      12     176.3      34    582     38      7-31    15.31    1      0

Dexter Toppin (Spartan)                      12     180       64     384     36      5-26    10.66     1      0

Gordon Maxwell (BET)                         13     185.4    38     622     34      3-12     18.29    0      0

Sherlon Greaves (Empire)                    13    198.1     23     629     33      5-34     19.06    1     0

Wayne Yarde (Pickwick)                       13     199.1    29     655      33     6-52     19.84    3      0

Peter Thompson (Carlton)                     6     131.5     37    338      32      5-24    10.56     2      0

Douglas Forde (Police)                         11     132.1    15     429     32      7-43     13.40    2      0

Hume Yearwood (Wanderers)               12    167.4     30     537     32      7-39     16.78    2      0

Peter Bowen (Maple)                            12    199.4     35     582     32      3-7      18.18    0      0

Patterson Thompson (Schools South)   13     174.1    33      570     31      5-29    18.38    1       0

Terry Bascombe (Wanderers)               13    198.5     40     636      31     6-39     20.51    2       1

Michael Matthews (Carlton)                  13    132.4     25    417      30      6-43    13.90     1      1

Lydell Applewhaite (Carlton)                 11    159.1     35    425      30     7-20     14.16    1       1

Rodney Broomes (Schools North)          12    165        22    662     30      5-36     22.06    2       0

Ryan Bovell (Schools North)                13    119.4    13     499       27     4-60     18.48     0      0

Edward Bedford (YMPC)                       11    112       27     327      25     4-14     13.08     0      0

Asquith Lorde (YMPC)                          11    140.5    30     370      25     5-37     14.80     1      0

Geoffrey Mapp (Police)                         12     126.1   18     417      25     5-50     16.68    1       0

Wren Miller (St. Catherine)                  11      126      15    459       25    8-109    18.36    3      1

Dale Ellcock (Carlton)                           4      83.5      23    201      24     6-21      8.37     2      1

Noel Broomes (BCL)                            11     182      47     421      24     5-67     17.54    1      0

Tyrone Roberts (Banks)                       13    164.4    31     484       24     4-8      20.16    0       0

Raymond Browne (BCL)                        7      99.5     13    346       23     5-46    15.04     1      0

Pedro Agard (Maple)                           12     153.2     34    417      23     5-34     18.13    1      0

Horace Waldron (Schools North)           13     141       14    582      23     4-42     25.30    0      0

Jeremy Alleyne (Empire)                      11     64         11    162      22     6-10     7.36     2      0

Carl Chapman (BCL)                            11     112.3    18    356      21     4-54    16.95    0       2

Tennyson A.D. Roach (St. Catherine)     13     129.1    18    386     21      3-19    18.38    0       0

Elvis Reifer (Pickwick)                          11      135      17     482     21     5-30    22.95    1       0

Henderson Bryan (Empire)                   10      105      17     313     20      7-23    15.65    1      0

Ian Williams (Maple)                            8       105.1    17    361      20     4-23     18.05    0      0

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FIELDING

Wicket-keeper: Derwin Thompson (Police) 37 (31 catches/6 stumpings); Ricky Hoyte (Empire) 29 (23/6); Courtney Browne (Schools North) 29 (23/6); Floyd Griffith (Maple) 28 (26/2); Mark Estwick (YMPC) 27 (23/4); Michael Agard (Pickwick) 25 (24/1); Livingstone Puckerin (Spartan) 24 (16/8); Thelston Payne (St. Catherine) 24 (22/2); Ryan Durant (Schools South) 19 (17/2); Wayne Squires (BCL) 16 (15/1); Orion Lewis (Carlton) 15 (12/3); Michael Edghill (BET) 13 (12/1); Ahmed Proverbs (BET) 13 (11/2); Orlando Greaves (Banks) 13 (11/2); Hayden Thompson (Carlton) 12 (12/0).

Other than wicket-keeper: Michael Inniss (Empire), Philo Wallace (Spartan) 18; Ron Bates (BET), Sherlon Greaves (Empire), Floyd Reifer (Schools North) 17; Barry Callender (Banks), Lewis Spooner (Banks) 14; Llewellyn Tull (BET), Joseph Harris (Pickwick), Wren Miller (St. Catherine), Winston Reid (YMPC) 13; George Linton (Spartan), Henderson Springer (Spartan), Emmerson King (Empire), Stanton Proverbs (St. Catherine) 12; Roy Alleyne (Spartan), Roland Holder (Empire), Tyrone Greenidge (BCL), Byron Morris (BCL), Horace Waldron (Schools North) 11; Feliston Gilkes (Spartan), Ahmed Proverbs (BET), Carl King (Police), Thelbert Brathwaite (Banks), Lydell Applewhaite (Carlton), Junior Parris (St. Catherine), Horace King (Schools South), Rommel Brathwaite (BCL), Dave Marshall (BCL), Neil Weekes (Schools North), Neil Norville (Schools North) 10; Lonelle Hutson (BET), Stephen Lorde (YMPC), Peter Sealy (YMPC), Ryle Stuart (St. Catherine), Pearson Best (St. Catherine), Cedric Proverbs (Schools South), Clinton St. Hill (Pickwick) 9; Ronnie Griffith (Spartan), Ottis Gibson (Spartan), Sherwin Campbell (YMPC), Michael McClean (Police), Arnold Gilkes (Banks), Tyrone Roberts (Banks), Michael Matthews (Carlton), Tennyson A.D. Roach (St. Catherine), Terry Rollock (Maple), Dereck Skeete (Maple), Peter Bowen (Maple), Adrian Griffith (Schools South), Trevor Haynes (Schools South) 8.

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CENTURIES (20)

Roland Holder (Empire) 176 not out v BCL at Blenheim ‘A’ (Series 3).

Roland Holder (Empire) 167 v Wanderers at Dayrells Road (Series 12).

Ahmed Proverbs (BET) 166 not out v Wanderers at Wildey (Series 9).

Ron Bates (BET) 157 v Wanderers at Wildey (Series 9).

Philo Wallace (Spartan) 152 v Carlton at Black Rock (now Desmond Haynes Oval) (Series 7).

Sherwin Campbell (YMPC) 137 v Banks at The Brewery (Series 12).

Richard Armstrong (Wanderers) 130 v Combined Schools North at St. James Secondary, Trents (Series 3).

Thelston Payne (St. Catherine) 127 v Police at Weymouth (Series 2).

Shane Julien (Wanderers) 122 v Pickwick at Dayrells Road (Series 1).

Robert Headley (Spartan) 112 v Combined Schools North at Queen’s Park (Series 8).

Adrian Griffith (Combined Schools South) 111 not out v St. Catherine at Harrison College ‘A’, Crumpton Street (Series 9).

Ricardo Harrison (Carlton) 110 v BET at Wildey (Series 3).

Joseph Harris (Pickwick) 107 v Maple at Trents (Series 4).

Calvin Hope (Wanderers) 105 v St. Catherine at Bayfield (Series 4).

Derek Battershield (Schools North) 104 not out v BET at St. James Secondary, Trents (Series 7).

Adrian Griffith (Combined Schools South) 102 v Banks at The Brewery (Series 8).

Thelston Payne (St. Catherine) 101 not out v Banks at Bayfield (Series 3).

Elvis Reifer (Pickwick) 100 not out v Combined Schools South at Harrison College ‘A’, Crumpton Street (Series 3).

Barry Callender (Banks) 100 not out v Police at The Brewery (Series 11).

Sherlon Greaves (Empire) 100 not out v BET at Wildey (Series 13).

Document Author Keith Holder
Date Published 2020-05-26
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8. Roland Holder (Empire) 12 16 0 322 44 20.12 0 0 1999 First Division
9. Roland Holder (Empire) 5 6 0 59 40 9.83 0 0 1997 First Division
10. Roland Holder (Empire) 6 6 2 389 177* 97.25 1 3 1996 First Division
11. Roland Holder (Empire) 8 12 3 317 133* 35.22 1 0 1995 First Division
12. Roland Holder (Empire) 6 7 1 175 123 29.17 1 0 1994 First Division
13. Roland Holder (Empire) 5 8 1 145 44 20.71 0 0 1993 First Division
14. Roland Holder (Empire) 13 16 2 569 129* 40.64 1 4 1992 First Division
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17. Roland Holder (Empire) 10 13 1 504 99 42.00 0 5 1989 First Division
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