Former Schools South and Empire player Horace King Jnr dies at 45

Bridgetown, Barbados, March 24 - ( - Horace (Stephen) King Jnr, a former Combined Schools South and Empire top division cricketer, died on Friday at the age of 45 after a brief illness.

A left-hand opening batsman and left-arm spin bowler, King made his debut in the BCA First division Championship for the Schools South in 1990 while a student at The St. Michael School.

He played the full season under the captaincy of Adrian Griffith, his opening partner who went on to represent Barbados and West Indies.

That side also boasted of all-rounder Ian Bradshaw and fast bowler Patterson Thompson, both of whom became Barbados and West Indies players as well.

Though he struggled with the bat in 1990, King had the honour of taking a career-best seven for 45 off 16 overs against Banks, spurring the Schools South to first innings points at The Brewery.

Banks were bowled out for 127 in reply to 239 for eight declared of which Griffith scored a century (102). It was the highest total for the Schools South that season.

King again represented the Schools South in 1991 and was their leading batsman with 352 runs. Bradshaw and Thompson were in that side with Bradshaw as the captain.

King was also a member of the champion Empire Division 1 teams in 1993 and 1995 - both under the captaincy of all-rounder Sherlon Greaves, a former national player, who is now a Barbados Pride team selector.

Blessed with cricketing blood, King was the son of former Barbados left-arm spinner Horace King, who died in 2016.

Two of his uncles are Tony King, a former Empire and Barbados batsman and Michael King, a former Barbados Youth team and Empire player.

His cousin, Jason King, played for the Schools South, Empire and Carlton and is the current treasurer of the BCA, while another cousin, Professor Samuel Headley, was a former Lodge School and Barbados Under-19 team captain in the late 1970s and also represented Wanderers.

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