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It was the BCL which produced such heroes as Clairemont Depeiza, Charles Griffith, Vanburn Holder, Conrad Hunte, Frank King, Seymour Nurse, Garfield Sobers and Everton Weekes. 59 The Explosion of the Barbados Cricket Association The emergence of the BCL is one interesting yardstick by which the growing popularity of cricket in Barbados can be measured over the past 50 or 60 years. No less revealing is the growth of the BCA itself. Established in 1933, it replaced the old cup committee and assumed control over organized cricket in Barbados from then until now.
Foffie' Williams and Frank King. Griffith had retired from first-class cricket in 1941; the great 'Mannie' Martindale had played his last first-class cricket match in 1939; and 'Foffie' had last played for Barbados in 1949. 84 The emergence of Hall and Charles Charles Griffith terrorized batsmen during the 1960s Griffith towards the end of the 1950s denoted something else. There were so many fine batsmen in Barbados at that point that the only opportunity for the adventurous youngster was in the area of fast bowling.
This is the basic arithmetic of Barbadian cricket. This tiny nation can boast an average of more than one club per square mile. No other community can show such total commitment to any other sport. This is enough to explain why the Barbadian cricketers have dominated the Shell Shield and Red Stripe competitions ever since their inception in 1966, why Barbadians have been so successful as cricket professionals in Australia, England, South Africa and sometimes Europe, and why the Barbadian contingent has traditionally been the major element in West 19 CRICKET NURSERIES OF COLONIAL BARBADOS: The Elite Schools Indian Test teams.
Cricket Nurseries of Colonial Barbados: the Elite Schools 1865-1966 by Keith A. P. Sandiford
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