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Cricket: Feature on Basil Butcher – Stabroek News

Basil Butcher
Basil Butcher

Basil Butcher, the Guyanese and West Indian cricketer, died at the age of eighty-six  on the 16th December, 2019. His career as a cricketer was recapitulated in the tributes to him. Born in Berbice, his father was a Barbadian and his mother of mixed ancestry. His wife Pam, like his mother, was also an important factor in his life as were his sons. His career commenced in 1958 on the tour to India and Pakistan and ended in 1969 with a test average of over forty (40:00), the gold standard for any test batsman.

Butcher was voted Cricketer of the Year in 1970. Yet these facts of his cricket career should not be allowed to obscure his membership of the teaching profession and his knowledge of business. Maybe, it is the teaching profession which endowed him with the capacity to write and speak well. I am still in possession of the programme he drew up in the nineties for the reform of cricket in Guyana. It is well written and persuasively argued.            Continue reading

Cricket: Time to Put the Paying Spectator First at Test Matches – By Mike Atherton,

— By Mike Atherton, Chief Cricket Correspondent | The Times UK

About 10,000 England supporters saw the win in Cape Town but more could be done to improve the live experience

After the fourth day of the recent Cape Town Test, I found myself among a group of England supporters. The talking point of the day was the dismissal of Dean Elgar, given out caught behind towards the end of play, as a result of a review to technology. Whether for reasons of eyesight, or seating position in the ground, not many of those to whom I spoke had seen the replays on the one big screen which was situated above the brewery stand.

Understandably, they were keen to know a little more. Had Elgar hit the ball? How does the “ultra-edge” technology work? Why did the third umpire uphold the on-field decision? It reminded me again that for all the thousands of pounds spent on going to watch live cricket, the viewer at home, enjoying the sport in the comfort of his living room, often gets more information than those in the ground.        Continue reading

Guyana: Rugby in Cricket Country – By Geoff Burrowes

Rugby: Test match between Guyana and Barbados at the Garrison Savannah Barbados in the 1960s

Rugby in Cricket Country –– By Geoff Burrowes

Most West Indians will be surprised to hear that Rugby has been alive and well in the West Indies since the 1930s and maybe before!

Part of the reason is that Rugby and  football pitches in the West Indies are baked solid by the tropical sun and rugby players start the season knowing that their elbows, hips and knees are going to be bruised and covered in plaster for the next few months! Also rugby doesn’t have the same cachet as football and cricket – in fact if you make the Guyana or West Indies Cricket team little boys all over the West Indies will know your name and revere you wherever you go! Most little West Indian boys don’t even know what rugby is! Or that it’s played in all the major West Indian countries; Fiercely and with dedication.            Continue reading

Cricket: The Single Letter That Altered a Sport and Changed Lives – Mike Atherton, Chief Cricket Correspondent | The Times UK

   — By Mike Atherton, Chief Cricket Correspondent | The Times UK

This happy conclusion — an honest man of high cricketing gifts against the forces of racism, his passage to freedom, taking his wife and children with him, and his example to millions of others — has given me one of the greatest feelings of joy from any episode in my life.” John Arlott, 1980.

It is a steep walk up to Signal Hill. Head out from District Six, whose inhabitants were evicted during the apartheid era, find Wale Street, with its pretty pastel-coloured houses, head left up the cobbled streets, climbing all the time, and eventually you will get to Upper Bloem Street, near the brow of the hill. Above you, looms the majestic Table Mountain. Below, the teeming city of Cape Town.  Continue reading

Cricket Great Clive Lloyd Knighted in New Year Honours List – by Joe Krishnan | Evening Standard + 2 Videos

Joe Krishnan | Evening Standard

Sir Clive Lloyd

West Indies cricket legend Clive Lloyd has been given a knighthood in the New Year Honours List.

The Guyana-born batsman, now 75, has been honoured for his service to the game.

Clive Lloyd heads a long list of names from West Indies cricket to receive the award, with the likes of Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes and Sir Viv Richards all honoured.

Although Lloyd received a CBE in 1993, the belated nature of Lloyd’s award might be explained by his hailing from Guyanawhich became a republic in 1970.

Coincidentally, Guyana was granted independence in 1966, the year in which 22-year old, left-handed, middle-order batsman, Clive Lloyd made his Test debut against India.            Continue reading

Guyanese Cricketer: Basil Butcher – (1933-2019) Obituary

Batsman whose determined character and solid defence held together many West Indies Test innings

Basil Butcher – 1963

Peter Mason | The Guardian UK

In the dashing era of 1960s Caribbean cricket, Basil Butcher was the sturdy backbone around which many a fine West Indies score or victory was built. Although a stellar batsman in his own right, the unassuming Butcher, who has died aged 86, was generally content to play second fiddle in the middle order to whoever was at the crease – confident in the expectation that when the big guns were gone he would still be there, pushing the total to respectability and beyond.

In this vein he was at the very heart of the Frank Worrell-led West Indies team that established the Caribbean as a premier cricketing force and captivated the Commonwealth with the vibrancy of its play.  Continue reading

Preparing Caribbean Tourism For The World Of Tomorrow | By David Jessop

 Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 |  

An upper level juice and cocktail bar  in Negril, Jamaica

Although the statistics vary, reliable Caribbean and international entities suggest that tourism is now delivering, directly and indirectly, about 40.6 per cent of Caribbean GDP, earned the region US$62 billion in 2018, and employs at least one in 11 of the region’s citizens.

Despite this, little thought has been given to how to future-proof the industry as disruptive technologies take their toll, the region’s largely sun, sea, and sand high-volume offering becomes subject to multiple global pressures likely to affect traveller sentiment, and international competition increases.      Continue reading

History: Boyhood Days – photos + Dave Martins music video

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How One Kenyan Tribe Produces The World’s Best Runners – opinion

Kenyan Wilson Kipsang won the 2013 Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 23 seconds — an average of 4:42 per mile. It was easily the fastest marathon time ever recorded, an incredible feat for another powerful Kenyan runner.

But perhaps equally remarkable was that his fellow Kenyans also came in second, third, fourth and fifth place in this major international race. On the women’s side, Kenyans placed first, second and fourth.

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Cricket: 2020 Over 50 World Cup: Canadian Team: Poker Tournament : Toronto – December 1, 2019

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