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Title: Top 40: 1995 - “Fish” Austin grabs record sixth straight “five-for”, Reid stars again - and Empire rule

Author: Keith Holder

Date Submitted: 2020-06-22

Keywords: Winston Reid, Adrian Griffith, Henry Austin, Sherlon Greaves

Elite Division - Bridgetown, Barbados, June 22 - (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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Adrian Griffith amasses over 800 runs, Brathwaite brothers uniquely hit unbeaten centuries in same innings

There were several special feats in the 1995 Division 1 Championship.

As the dominant team of the 1990s, Empire, under the astute leadership of all-rounder Sherlon Greaves, grabbed their third title in five seasons in commanding style, and their fourth in seven years.

From an individual perspective, YMPC left-arm spinner Winston Reid broke his own record set only the previous year for the most wickets in a season - by four - as he swept to 84.

It was the sixth straight season Reid had taken over 50 wickets. Significantly, he rushed to 404 wickets in 75 matches for the decade of the 1990s, lifting his career tally to 678 in 162 matches.

And Reid was really mean, too, topping the bowling averages as he conceded just 7.77 runs per wicket.

Henry “Fish” Austin, the big Banks fast bowler, created a new modern-era record by snatching his sixth successive “five-for” on either side of the season, and his seventh in eight innings.

Almost unnoticed Austin, aged 21 and a Barbados Under-19 team reserve in 1993, was also in the 50-wicket club for the second season running.

He took exactly 50 wickets at 16.12 runs each, following 55 (ave: 13.32) in 1994.

Austin’s amazing figures in his record haul were: 6-42 & 5-24 v St. Catherine at Bayfield; 5-45 & 6-38 v Spartan at The Brewery (Rounds 12 & 13, 1994); 5-40 & 5-44 v Maple at Trents; 2-53 v Police at Weymouth ‘A’; 7-49 & 4-54 v YMPC at The Brewery (Rounds 1, 2 & 3).

So effectively, he took 45 wickets at an average of 8.64 in nine innings. Tremendous stuff!

Eleven batsmen - the same number as the previous season - passed 500 runs, led by the talented Pickwick and Barbados opener Adrian Griffith with an aggregate of 802 including two centuries, at an average of 44.55.

Left-hander Griffith hence became only the fifth batsman to score over 800 runs in a season since the turn of the 1980s.

The others were: Barry Callender (Banks) 919 (ave: 41.77) in 1994; Hubert “Ellis” Brathwaite (St. Catherine) 918 (ave: 65.37) - 1983; Roland Holder (Empire) 860 (ave: 53.75) - 1991 and Carlisle Best (Empire) 854 (ave: 47.44) - 1983.

In what was certainly a unique record, the Brathwaite brothers, opener Rommel and the younger Adrian, both scored unbeaten centuries for BET as they featured in an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 173 in a first innings total of 365 for three declared off 62 overs against Schools South at Wildey on the opening day of the second series.

Rommel, renowned for his stubborn batting, made 123 not out and lively all-rounder Adrian lashed an unbeaten 104 in the post-tea session.

After rain washed out play in all matches on the second day, Schools South responded with 212 all out and BET reached 26 for two in the second innings.

A third Brathwaite brother, Donville, represented BCL the same season. Donville, like Adrian, was also an all-rounder and arguably one of the strongest and cleanest hitters of that era.

And the Brathwaite brothers all featured in the leading batting averages in 1995, led by Rommel with an aggregate of 513 including two tons. It was the second time in three seasons that Rommel had scored over 500 runs.

Donville had come to prominence in 1983 when he joined the likes of Milton Small, Ricardo Ellcock and Henderson Wallace in forming a potent pace attack for the Dave “Chief” Cumberbatch-led Barbados Under-19 team, who swept to the regional Championship in Jamaica with a perfect winning record, albeit limited by being played in two Zones.

The Brathwaites were well-known for their fishing, proudly hailing from the fishing village of Foul Bay in St. Philip.

Another offspring, Randy Thomas, the son of Rommel, would later become a respected batsman for many years in the First division Championship after making his debut in 1998 for Schools North against Schools South as a 16-year-old student at The Alleyne.

Thomas represented two teams that season. He played two matches for Schools North and then turned out for BCL in six matches.

And the growing Brathwaite clan of cricketers didn’t end there. Adrian planted a seed and produced another batsman, Kemar Brathwaite, who, as a student at the Garrison Secondary (now Graydon Sealy), had his first taste of Division 1 cricket at the age of 15 for Barbados Youth against UWI at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden, in 2009.

Both Randy Thomas and Kemar Brathwaite have played for Barbados at the first-class level.

Empire had gone through a very lean period following back-to-back titles in 1970 and 1971, taking as many as 18 seasons before tasting silverware again.

But the 1989 success seemingly sparked the “Blues” again.

Greaves led by example, producing another solid all-round performance, especially with the ball. The leg-spinner took over 50 wickets for the fourth straight season, picking up 52 (ave: 12.84).

Empire were so dominant that with two rounds remaining, they had one hand firmly on the Cup.

Then they were on 61 points - 14 more than the only other contenders, YMPC, skippered by the busy, little wicket-keeper Mark Estwick.

Police and BET were joint third on 40 and basically vying to determine which would pocket the $4 000 third prize.

It was all over by the end of the penultimate round as Empire beat Schools North by six wickets at the Coleridge & Parry ground in Ashton Hall, St. Peter, while YMPC defeated Schools South by 179 runs at Beckles Road.

A draw with St. Catherine at Bank Hall in which they were led on first innings, meant that Empire finished on 70 points - emulating the number for the most points by a champion team in the period under by BET and Spartan the previous season - as YMPC took first innings over BET at Beckles Road to end with 58.

So, $8 000 was added to the bank account of Empire, and YMPC earned $5 000 in what was a commendable season since they had lifted the Barbados Fire Cup (40-over) for the first time three weeks earlier, beating Spartan by 27 runs in what was their third Final, at Kensington Oval.

Empire set the stage from Round 1 as the only winners - by six wickets against Schools South on home turf.

Only once were they were overtaken and that was as early as Series 3, slipping marginally to third position on 12 points with YMPC and Maple jointly at the top on 14 points.

But with a commanding nine-wicket win over Banks at The Brewery, Empire regained the lead and never looked back thereafter.

By mid-season, they were on 39 points - 12 more than second-placed BET.

Of the 11 batsmen who scored over 500 runs, the second highest in aggregate behind Adrian Griffith was Wilbur Bruce, the experienced Carlton and former YMPC opener with 745 (ave: 32.39).

The others in the 500 club were Carlisle Best (Empire, 721; ave: 48.06); BCL all-rounder Winston Herbert (658; ave: 36.55); Floyd Reifer (BET, 626, ave: 44.71), making it the fourth straight season the left-hander amassed over 500 runs; Lewis Spooner (Banks, 617; ave: 38.56); Thelston Payne (St. Catherine, 552; ave: 30.66); William Lashley (YMPC, 516; ave: 32.25); Rommel Brathwaite (513; ave: 36.64); Livingstone Puckerin (Spartan, 510; ave: 30.00) and Sean Armstrong (Wanderers, 501; ave: 27.83).

Spooner is the brother of the outstanding former Banks and St. Catherine batsman, Hubert “Ellis” Brathwaite, while Lashley is the son of the former Barbados and West Indies batsman, Patrick “Peter” Lashley.

It was a welcome return to form for Best.

Having stood out as the most prolific batsman from 1981 to 1989 with 4479 runs (ave: 39.84) including eight hundreds, based on his high standards, Best had taken a dip between 1990 and 1994, scoring 1485 runs (ave: 33.00) in 34 matches without a century.

Before lashing an unbeaten 108 off Schools South in the opening round of the 1995 season, Best’s last century was 162 against BCL at Blenheim ‘A’ in the third round of the 1988 Championship.

Reid’s 84 wickets were 29 more than his closest rival, Jeremy Alleyne, the tall Empire medium-pacer, who was better known as a batsman. Alleyne’s 55 wickets cost 11.54 runs.

BCL’s Kelso Odaine, a hard-working fast bowler from Belleplaine in St. Andrew, took 52 wickets (ave: 16.65).

Another pacer, Junior Parris, the St. Catherine captain, earned 50 (ave: 14.18).

Apart from the century stand by the Brathwaite brothers, there were a couple other significant century partnerships.

Also in Series 2, the Police pair of opener Rudolph Clarke and Derwin Thompson lashed hundreds as they put on 150 for third wicket against Banks in a total of 283 for three, replying to 195 all at Weymouth.

Clarke made 103 - his maiden First division ton - off 190 balls, while the experienced Thompson raced to 101 not out off only 114 balls. Thompson went to the crease ten minutes before tea and completed his century off the last ball of the match.

Significantly as well in the fifth round, four centuries were scored in the match between Pickwick and BET at Kensington Oval.

In a Pickwick first innings total of 309 for seven declared, skipper Brian Johnson (101), who went to the crease at No. 4, and attacking all-rounder Ryan Hurley (117 not out) added 180 for the fifth wicket.

Then Adrian Griffith (109) and another left-hander, George Harris (106) put on 155 for the fourth wicket.

Veteran Thelston Payne backed up his batting with another solid display behind the stumps to be the wicket-keeper with the most victims (38), while Greaves took the most catches (16) among the fielders.

There were 27 centuries - seven less than the previous season.

Empire team (with matches in brackets) - Sherlon Greaves (captain), Jeremy Alleyne, Jason King, Delroy Walrond, Marlon Blagrove (13), Carlisle Best (12), Alphonso Lashley (10), Roland Holder (8), Robin Parris (7), Michael Inniss, Nicholas Bowen, Stephen Alleyne, Patterson Thompson (6), Ricky Hoyte, Horace King, Maurice Gaskin (5), Adrian King, Victor Walcott (1).

NB: Stephen Alleyne, also a former BCA president, died at the age of 47 in October, 2007, and Horace King, passed at the age of 45 in March, 2018. (Stephen Alleyne was the brother of Jeremy Alleyne and Horace King was the cousin of Jason King).

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FINAL POINTS

Empire                    70

YMPC                      58

Police                      51

BET                        49

Spartan                  43

Wanderers              35

BCL                        35

St. Catherine          29

Pickwick                 28

Carlton                   26

Banks                     23

Schools North         22

Maple                    20

Schools South        13

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BATTING                                       MT     I      NO       R      HS       Ave    100   50

Adrian Griffith (Pickwick)                13     21      3      802   124*    44.55    2     6

Wilbur Bruce (Carlton)                   13     23       0     745     91      32.39    0     4

Carlisle Best (Empire)                    12     21       6     721    109*   48.06    2     2

Winston Herbert (BCL)                   13     21       3     658    103*   36.55    2     3

Floyd Reifer (BET)                          12    17       3     626      86*   44.71     0     6

Lewis Spooner (Banks)                   13    21       5     617    109*   38.56     1     2

Thelston Payne (St. Catherine)        12    23       5     552     96*    30.66     0     3

William Lashley (YMPC)                  12     19      3     516      97      32.25    0     3

Rommel Brathwaite (BET)               11     17      3     513    123*    36.64    2     1

Livingstone Puckerin (Spartan)        13    19       2     510      97     30.00     0     4

Sean Armstrong (Wanderers)          13    18       0     501     101     27.83    1     3

Kerry Lucas (Schools South)           10     14      1     478     106     36.76    1     3

Sherwyn Codrington (BCL)              13    22      1     463       99     22.04    0      2

Derwin Thompson (Police)                9     10      2     460     115     57.50    2      1

Ron Bates (BET)                            13     23      2     457      51      21.76    0      1

Leon Layne (Banks)                       12     18      4     447     142*   31.92    1       2

Mark Thomas (Carlton)                  13     23      0     441       92     19.17     0      3

Stanton Proverbs (Police)               13     15      1     440       87      31.42    0      3

Pedro Agard (Maple)                      12     18      2     425       78     26.56     0      2

Pearson Best (St. Catherine)           13     24     4     423     100*    21.15     1      2

Shawn Graham (Schools South)      12     16     2     408      75*     29.14     0      3

George Harris (Pickwick)                12     15      1     401     106      28.64    1      1

Brian Johnson (BET)                      13     21      2     401     102*    21.10     2      0

Sherlon Greaves (Empire)              13     19      5     400      62       28.57    0      3

Ahmed Proverbs (Police)                12     14      1     389      78       29.92    0      3

Barry Callender (Banks)                 12     16      0     373     144      23.31    1      0

Rudolph Clarke (Police)                  13     17      2     371     103      24.73    1      2

Terry Rollock (YMPC)                     12      18      1    368       95      21.64    0      2

Donville Brathwaite (BCL)                9     14       0    366       89      26.14    0      2

Gavin Beresford (Wanderers)          13     18      1     363      64      21.35     0     1

Ronnie Griffith (Spartan)                13     18      1     358      77      21.05     0      1

Clinton St. Hill (Pickwick)                12     16      3     350     64*     26.92    0      4

Leslie Reifer (Police)                       13     16      4     340     67      28.33     0      1

Don O’neal (Schools North)              9     16      1     327      57      21.80     0      2

Adrian Brathwaite (BET)                 12     16      7     324     104*    36.00    1      1

Jeremy Alleyne (Empire)                13     17      6     319      76*     29.00    0      2

Roland Holder (Empire)                   8     12      3      317    133*     35.22    1      0

Trevor Haynes (Carlton)                 11     18      1     315      86*     18.52    0      2

Jefferson Gibbons (Maple)              11     18      0     311      96       17.27    0      1

Feliston Gilkes (Police)                   10     14      1     310      51       23.84    0      1

Terry Holder (BCL)                         13     20      1     309      50      16.25     0      1

Michael Matthews (Pickwick)           13     19      2     308    105      18.11     1      0

Philo Wallace (Spartan)                    7     11      2     304     73*      33.77    0      1

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

Winston Reid (YMPC)                   13      332.2    110    653    84     8-34     7.77     8       3

Jeremy Alleyne (Empire)              13     237.5      46     635    55    7-39     11.54    6       0

Sherlon Greaves (Empire)            13     225.3      45     668    52    5-25     12.84    2       0

Kelso Odaine (BCL)                      13     284.2     50     866     52    6-21     16.65    4       1

Junior Parris (St. Catherine)         13      236       47     709     50    5-23     14.18    4       0

Henry Austin (Banks)                   13     239.2     44     805     50    7-20     16.12    5       2

Dave Marshall (Spartan)               13     299.3     60     872     49    6-94    17.79    3        0

Rodney Broomes (YMPC)              10     179.3     33     504     45    7-10     11.20    2       1

Richard Connelly (Spartan)           13     200.1     37     590     41    7-19     14.39    3       1

Corey Collymore (Maple)              11     179.1     35     642     39    5-19     16.46    2       0

Lonelle Hutson (BET)                    12    244.4     75     512     37    5-17     13.83     1       0

Victor Greene (Wanderers)           11     199.4     37    555      37     6-24     15.00    2       1

Henderson Broomes (Carlton)      10     159        23     592      37    7-57     16.00     2       0

Sylvester Louis (Police)                11     193.1    47     427      36     6-38     11.86    3       0

Ian Bradshaw (BET)                     12    165.3     23     585     36     7-25      16.25    3       1

Terry Rollock (YMPC)                    12    189.4     34     645     35     6-11     18.42     3       0

Winston Herbert (BCL)                 13     197.5     29     665    34      4-24    19.55     0       0

Emmerson Sealy (Police)             12     185        29     569     33     5-41     17.24     2       0

Joseph Williams (St. Catherine)     6     126.4     20     423      32     5-42    13.21     1       0

Michael Edwards (Wanderers)      13     205.5     39     698      32     6-97    21.81    2       0

Stanton Proverbs (Police)            13     131        22    381       31     5-27    12.29    2       0

Marlon Blagrove (Empire)            13    127.4     14     556      31     8-45     17.93    1       0

Wren Miller (Pickwick)                 12     211.2    42     636      31     8-73     20.51    2       0

Dayne Maynard (St. Catherine)     6     112.1    18     412      30     5-41     13.73    4       0

Geoffrey Mapp (Police)               13     147.2     18     434      30    4-14     14.46     2       0

Peter Thompson (Carlton)           11     173.1    27     632      30     5-33     21.06    1       0

Barry Lowe (Schools North)        13     134       24     451      29     5-19     15.55    2       0

Delroy Walrond (Empire)             13    148.5    15     531      29      6-33     18.31   1       0

Robert Stuart (BET)                    10     148.1   31     434      27      7-54     16.07    2       0

Wayne Yarde (Pickwick)                9     113.3    12     460      27      7-26    17.03    2       1

Emmerson Jordan (Maple)            9    127.5      8      529      26      7-37    20.34    2       0

Pedro Agard (Maple)                    12    127.3   13      495      24      4-34     20.62    0      0

Patterson Thompson (Empire)       6      86       12      353      23      5-50     15.34   1       0 

Roy Alleyne (Spartan)                  11     126.3   22     379      23     8-123   16.47    1       0

Gordon Maxwell (BET)                 12     119     10      463      23     5-14     20.13     1       0

Duane Springer (Schools North)   12     118     14      498      23     4-18     21.65     0       0

Matthew Nicholls (Maple)             10     145.4   13     506      22      5-44     23.00    1       0

Mark Lavine (Spartan)                  7      120     24     412      21      3-8       19.61     0      0

Dereck Skeete (Maple)               13       97.4    10     410      21      5-23    19.52     1       0

Sheldon Stuart (Carlton)            13      156.1    16    514      20      3-25     25.70     0       0

Rodney Gittens (BCL)                 12     142.3    12     561      20      4-49     28.05    0        0

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FIELDING

Wicket-keeper: Thelston Payne (St. Catherine) 38 (37 catches/1 stumping); Livingstone Puckerin (Spartan) 34 (22/12); Mark Estwick (YMPC) 24 (20/4); Rommel Brathwaite (BET) 21 (18/3); Rodney Yarde (BCL) 18 (16/2); Jason King (Empire) 17 (15/2); Rondelle Yearwood (Pickwick) 17 (17/0); Mark Thomas (Carlton) 17 (16/1); Jefferson Gibbons (Maple) 17 (14/3); Derwin Thompson (Police) 16 (11/5); Edison Rock (Schools North) 14 (12/2); Wendell Bossenger 13 (11/2); Sherwyn Codrington (BCL) 12 (11/1); Junior Collymore (Banks) 10 (9/1).

Other than wicket-keeper: Sherlon Greaves (Empire) 16; William Lashley (YMPC), Ron Bates (BET) 15; Brian Johnson (BET) 14; Jeremy Alleyne (Empire) 13; Stanton Proverbs (Police), Winston Herbert (BCL), Wilbur Bruce (Carlton), Patrick Phillips (Maple) 12; Corey Broomes (Spartan), Ron Cumberbatch (BCL), Clinton St. Hill (Pickwick) 11; Carlisle Best (Empire), Stephen Lorde (YMPC), Geoffrey Mapp (Police), Dale Mason (St. Catherine), Donovan Lopez (Schools North), Dereck Skeete (Maple) 10; Richard Foster (BCL), Sheldon Stuart (Carlton), Jason Jordan (Schools South) 9; Michael Inniss (Empire), Sylvester Louis (Police), Dave Marshall (Spartan), Roy Alleyne (Spartan), Sean Armstrong (Wanderers), Pearson Best (St. Catherine), Michael Maynard (Banks), Raymond Griffith (Pickwick), Don O’neal (Schools North), Shawn Sargeant (Schools South), Carlos Best (Schools South) 8.

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CENTURIES (27)

Barry Callender (Banks) 144 v Wanderers at Dayrells Road (Series 13).

Leon Layne (Banks) 142 not out v Schools South at Foundation, Church Hill (Series 7).

Roland Holder (Empire) 133 not out v BET at Bank Hall (Series 3).

Adrian Griffith (Pickwick) 124 not out v Schools North at Lodge ‘A’, Society (Series 1).

Rommel Brathwaite (BET) 123 not out v Schools South at Wildey (Series 2).

Ryan Hurley (BET) 117 not out v Pickwick at Kensington Oval (Series 5).

Richard Armstrong (Wanderers) 115 v Banks at Dayrells Road (Series 13).

Derwin Thompson (Police) 115 v Spartan at Weymouth (Series 13).

Richard Armstrong (Wanderers) 113 v Spartan at Queen’s Park (Series 1).

Carlisle Best (Empire) 109 not out v BET at Bank Hall (Series 3).

Adrian Griffith (Pickwick) 109 v BET at Kensington Oval (Series 5).

Lewis Spooner (Banks) 109 not out v Spartan at Queen’s Park (Series 5).

Carlisle Best (Empire) 108 not out v Schools South at Bank Hall (Series 1).

George Harris (Pickwick) 106 v BET at Kensington Oval (Series 5).

Kerry Lucas (Schools South) 106 retired hurt v Carlton at Black Rock (now Desmond Haynes Oval) (Series 13).

Michael Matthews (Pickwick) 105 v Schools North at Lodge ‘A’, Society (Series 1).

Adrian Brathwaite (BET) 104 not out v Schools South at Wildey (Series 2).

Gary Pedro (Wanderers) 104 not out v BET at Dayrells Road (Series 11).

Rudolph Clarke (Police) 103 v Banks at Weymouth (Series 2).

Winston Herbert (BCL) 103 not out v Maple at Trents (Series 5).

Winston Herbert (BCL) 102 v BET at Blenheim ‘A’ (Series 8).

Rommel Brathwaite (BET) 102 not out v Wanderers at Dayrells Road (Series 11).

Brian Johnson (BET) 102 not out v Wanderers at Dayrells Road (Series 11).

Derwin Thompson (Police) 101 not out v Banks at Weymouth (Series 2).

Brian Johnson (BET) 101 v Pickwick at Kensington Oval (Series 5).

Sean Armstrong (Wanderers) 101 v Police at Weymouth (Series 5).

Pearson Best (St. Catherine) 100 not out v Schools South at Bayfield (Series 5).

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