Bridgetown, Barbados, January 21 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Stephen Hinkson, a former Wanderers and Carlton all-rounder whose only first-class match was 42 years ago for the champion Barbados Shell Shield team, has died ten days after celebrating his 74th birthday.
Hinkson, a right-arm medium-pacer and left-handed batsman, played against Guyana in a drawn match at Bourda in February of 1974.
Brought on as first change, Hinkson took one for 61 off 21 overs in Guyana's first innings of 469 all out. Batting at No. 8, he was run out for a 'duck' as Barbados were bowled out for 226. Following-on, Barbados made 132 for three.
That Barbados team comprised of David Holford (captain), the unrelated Greenidges, Gordon and Geoffrey, Peter Lashley, David Murray, Collis King, Nolan Clarke, Vanburn Holder, Albert Padmore, Gregory Armstrong and Hinkson.
Affectionately called "Steve", "Hinky" and "Hinkman", Hinkson also toured England in 1969 with a Barbados team captained by former West Indies batsman Seymour Nurse.
On that tour, he played his only List A match against Essex at Leyton, sending down ten overs for 34 runs without taking a wicket in a score of 209 for eight off 50 overs. He was out for one as Barbados lost by 34 runs, falling for 175 in 42.2 overs.
The Barbados team for that match in batting order, read: Robin Bynoe, Peter Lashley, Colin Blades, Seymour Nurse (captain), David Holford, Rawle Brancker, Arthur Bethell, Darnley Boxill (wicket-keeper), Stephen Hinkson, Richard Edwards and Hallam Moseley.
Regarded as a solid, all-round club cricketer in the late 1960s and 1970s, Hinkson first played in the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Division 1 Championship while a student at The Lodge School. He later represented Barbados' old club Wanderers and was in their Division 1 Cup winning teams in 1960 and 1961.
After moving to Carlton in 1972, Hinkson captained the Black Rock side to the First division title in 1977.
Hinkson's last taste of Division 1 Cup success was in 1981 when Carlton, under the captaincy of Tony "Fireworks" Eghill, shared the title with St. Catherine. In fact, Carlton have not won the major league title (rebranded Elite division in 2012) since then.
Ironically, from a champion team perspective, as was the case with Barbados in 1974, Hinkson played only one First division match in 1981 against Combined Schools (whose team included current Barbados Pride team head coach, Henderson Springer) in the seventh series at Black Rock (now Desmond Haynes Oval).
It was, however, a most memorable match, if only from a fighting display by the Schools, then skippered by well-known track and field athlete Orlando "Snooks" Greene, who was the games master at Harrison College and who had played for Combermere and the Barbados Under-19 team as an all-rounder.
Batting at No. 5, Hinkson scored three in Carlton's 273 for seven declared in reply to a paltry first innings total of 59.
But after limping to 108 for six in their second innings by the close of play on the second day, the Schools, spurred by an unbeaten century (116 not out) from St. Lucy Secondary student Robert "Fat Boy" Headley and an unbeaten 52 by Coleridge & Parry all-rounder Dave "Chief" Cumberbatch, batted with grit and determination to keep the Carlton bowlers at bay on the last day, scoring 272 for eight off 122 overs.
Hinkson bowled five overs for eight runs without taking a wicket but had Headley dropped just shortly after completing his century by Ricky Harrison at second slip.
Carlton's champion team of 1981 showed: Anthony Edghill (captain), Pedro Corbin, his brother Andrew Corbin (now a BCA umpire), Victor Sandiford, his brother Lionel Sandiford, Ricky Harrison, Richard Straker, Curtis Campbell, Calvin Hope, Jerry Kirton, Johnny Burke, Trevor Greenidge, Euclid Forde, Mark Goodridge, William Hutchinson, Julian Roach, Ronald Humphrey, Richard Lewis, Wesley Davis and Steve Hinkson.
Hinkson topped the Carlton bowling averages in the 1983 Division 1 Competition with 13 wickets at 9.38 runs apiece in three matches.
Statistics on the BCA First/Elite division Championship compiled by this writer for the last three-and-a-half decades, reveal that Hinkson's last match at this level was in 1984 against Maple at Black Rock. It was his only match that season and ended in success with Carlton, captained by leg-spinning all-rounder William Hutchinson of the famous Hutchinson family, who founded the Carlton club in 1940, triumphing by ten wickets at 4:04 p.m. on the third and final day.
Scores were: Maple 86 and 172. Carlton 211 and 48 without loss.
Hinkson took one for 11 off six overs in the first innings and none for nine off three overs in the second. He batted last in the first innings and scored four not out.
Hinkson was also a member of the BCA and owner and Chairman of Canada House.
Born January 4, 1942, Ernest Stephen Hinkson died January 14 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. His funeral service and burial will be held on January 23 at the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens in the southern parish of Christ Church.