Road to The BCA Top 40: George Linton the undisputed star of 1981

Bridgetown, Barbados, April 21 - (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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1981

Leg-spinning all-rounder George Linton was the undisputed star of the 1981 BCA Division 1 Championship, which was jointly won by St. Catherine for the first time in their fourth season and Carlton for the fifth occasion - three of which the Black Rock team shared.

In his first year as captain of Spartan, Linton performed the rare feat of a double in the 12-team Competition, which was also marked by a boycott of the first three rounds of matches by the Barbados Cricket Umpires Association (BCUA) over differences with the BCA pertaining to a Rule hange.

Linton scored 556 runs from 17 innings including one not out, at an average of 34.75 in 10 matches. His highest score was 104 against Barbados Cricket League (BCL) at Blenheim ‘A’ in the fourth series. He also hit four half-centuries.

He grabbed 51 wickets at 14.82 runs apiece from 276.5 overs, with best figures of six for 37 against Combined Schools at the Lodge ‘A’ ground, Society, in Series 9.

Linton was one of five batsmen who boasted of scoring over 500 runs. The others were Banks skipper Hubert “Ellis” Brathwaite (604), Eddie Jones of Young Men’s Progressive Club (YMPC) (585), Wanderers’ Shane Julien (568) and Thelston Payne of St. Catherine (506).

A former Barbados and West Indies Youth team player, who went on to make his first-class debut in 1982, Linton also served as a Barbados junior and senior selector, eventually becoming chairman of the senior selection panel. He died in 2014 at the age of 58.

The top wicket-taker was the Wanderers seam bowling all-rounder Stephen Farmer, with 58 (ave: 13.43), having sent down the most overs all told (283.2).

Then a Barbados player, Farmer had a best haul of eight for 24 against St. Catherine at Dayrells Road in Round 6. He took five wickets in an innings on five occasions, along with three ten-wicket returns.

It was the second straight season he boasted of grabbing the most wickets following 73 in 1980.

Heading the overall batting averages was Carlisle Best of Empire (441 runs; ave: 44.10), while the Police fast bowler Sylvester Louis, who is now Assistant Commissioner of Police, did likewise in the bowling (25 wickets; ave: 10.68).

There were 20 centuries.

Final Points: Carlton 44, St. Catherine 44, Police 38, Spartan 36, Banks 34, Wanderers 33, Empire 30, YMPC 29, BCL 27, Pickwick 15, Combined Schools 10, Maple 8.

Following are the leading batsmen and bowlers (runs and wickets in descending order):

BATTING                                        M     I     NO      R       HS      Ave

Hubert Brathwaite (Banks)              11   17     2     604    150*    40.26

Eddie Jones (YMPC)                        11   18     1     585    142      34.41

Shane Julien (Wanderers)               11   18     3     568    200*    37.86

George Linton (Spartan)                 10   17     1     556    104      34.75

Thelston Payne (St.Catherine)         11   19     5     506    102*    36.14

Adrian Grant (Pickwick)                  11    17    2     485    133      32.33

Roy Alleyne (BCL)                          11    18    3     443    118*    29.53

Carlisle Best (Empire)                      8    12    2     441    182*    44.10

Ricardo Harrison (Carlton)              10    15    2     420      69     32.30

Terry Hunte (YMPC)                       11    17     2    417      57      27.80

Pedro Corbin (Carlton)                    9     16     2    412     100     31.69

Arnold Gilkes (Banks)                    11     19     0    398      88     20.94

Tennyson Gill (Maple)                    10     18     0    388      83     21.55

Stephen Lorde (YMPC)                   11     16     1    378    117*   25.20

Everett Corbin (Maple)                   11     18     2    374    135*   23.37

Robert Headley (Schools)               11     20     2    373    116*   20.72

Geoffrey Greenidge (Pickwick)        11     17     0    370    100     21.76

Luther Wiltshire (St. Catherine)      11     20     2    368      66     20.44

John Holder (BCL)                         11     17     0    363      69     21.35

Stedson Wiltshire (St.Catherine)     11     17    0     354      93     20.82

Henderson Jackman (St.Catherine) 11     21     1    352      55     17.60

Vincent Springer (Police)                10    14      2    350      88     29.16

Victor Sandiford (Carlton)               10    13     3    335     102*   33.50

Marven Alleyne (Empire)                  9    11     2    329       78     36.55

Lionel Sandiford (Carlton)                9     13     3    329      89      32.90

Garcia Atkins (Banks)                    11     19     0    327      48      17.21

Sherlon Greaves (Empire)              10     13     1    324      73     27.00

Stanley Kirton (Police)                   10     14     0    323      74     23.07

George Harris (Pickwick)                11     14     0    322      55     23.00

Adrian Ashby (Banks)                    11     16     0    318      80     19.87

Geoffrey Mapp (Police)                   11     15     0    312     73     20.80

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BOWLING                                      MT      O        M        R       W       Ave

Stephen Farmer (Wanderers)          11    283.2     71     779     58      13.43

George Linton (Spartan)                10     276.5     55    756      51      14.82

Neville Mason (St. Catherine)         11     211.4     33    601      45      13.35

Charles Griffith (Banks)                 10     186.5     32    506      42      12.04

Lawrence Maxwell (Police)             11      256       63    549      42      13.07

Dave Cumberbatch (Schools)         11     220.3    40     580      37      15.67

Leonard Howard (Banks)                11     198       35    660      37      17.83

Odwin Gilkes (Pickwick)                 10    202.2     41    570       36      15.83

John Holder (BCL)                         11    207        40    601       35      17.17

Elvis Reifer (Pickwick)                    10    182.1     35    576       32      18.00

Arlington Hunte (YMPC)                    8   159.4     34    407       31      13.12

Adsyl Hutson (Empire)                    11    205.5    47    493       31      15.90

Colin Burke (Banks)                        11   202.5     29    637       31      20.54

Jerry Kirton (Carlton)                     10    189.5     43    504       30      16.80

Earl Brathwaite (Pickwick)              11    204.2     54    542       30      18.06

Lionel Sandiford (Carlton)                9     169.2    48    361       29       12.44

Noel Broomes (BCL)                       11    228       54    498        29      17.17

Chetwyn Burnham (Maple)               6    120       26    343        28      12.25

Richard Edwards (Wanderers)           9    190        41   423        28      15.00

Tony Howard (Spartan)                    9    224.3     40   533        28      19.03

Sherlon Greaves (Empire)               11   176.1     30    579       28       20.67

Anthony Brathwaite (St.Catherine)    5    116        17    373       27      13.81

Mark Redman (Schools)                  11    150.1     23   486        27      18.00

Sylvester Louis (Police)                     7    99.1      21    267       25      10.68

Lloyd Thompson (Maple)                   6    143.1      9    500       25      20.00

Charles Greenidge (Banks)                9    168.4     21   554       24      23.08

Teddy Foster (Wanderers)                10    171.1     70   307       23      13.34

George Harris (Pickwick)                  11   117.4     12   380       23       16.52

Leon Hinds (YMPC)                           10    164       29    534     23       23.21

Victor Sandiford (Carlton)                 10    158        52   328      22      14.90

Elon Jones (Empire)                         10   162.5     30    495       21      23.57

John Greaves (Empire)                      6    120.1     38    279       20      13.95

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CENTURIES (20)

Shane Julien (Wanderers) 200 not out v BCL at Dayrells Road.

Carlisle Best (Empire) 182 v Police at Bank Hall.

Hubert Brathwaite (Banks) 150 not out v Wanderers at Dayrells Road.

Eddie Jones (YMPC) 142 v Empire at Bank Hall.

Everett Corbin (Maple) 135 not out v Spartan at Queen’s Park.

Adrian Grant (Pickwick) 133 v St. Catherine at Kensington Oval.

Roy Alleyne (BCL) 118 not out v Wanderers at Dayrells Road.

Stephen Lorde (YMPC) 117 not out v Empire at Bank Hall.

Robert Headley 116 not out (Combined Schools) v Carlton at Black Rock (Now Desmond Haynes Oval).

Carlisle Best (Empire) 115 not out v Maple at Trents.

Alvin Greenidge (Spartan) 108 not out v Banks at Queen’s Park.

Horace Franklyn (Empire) 107 not out v Polce at Bank Hall.

Collis King (YMPC) 105 v Wanderers at Dayrells Road.

George Linton (Spartan) 104 v BCL at Blenheim ‘A’.

Thelston Payne (St. Catherine) 102 not out v Pickwick at Kensington Oval.

Victor Sandiford (Carlton) 102 not out Combined Schools at Black Rock (now Desmond Haynes Oval).

Hubert Brathwaite (Banks) 102 v Carlton at The Brewery.

Pedro Corbin (Carlton) 100 v YMPC at Beckles Road.

Tony King (Empire) 100 not out v Carlton at Black Rock (now Desmond Haynes Oval).

Geoffrey Greenidge (Pickwick) 100 v Spartan at Queen’s Park.



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