Bridgetown, Barbados, February 6 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Ezra Moseley, a former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler, died in a road accident here this morning.
Police said Moseley was riding a bicycle along the ABC Highway in the southern parish of Christ Church when he was in a collision with a SUV vehicle at a junction at Balls Road.
Moseley, who celebrated his 63rd birthday on January 5, played two Tests and nine One-Day Internationals between 1990 and 1991.
In 76 first-class matches after making his debut for Glamorgan in the English County Championship in 1980, Moseley took 279 wickets at an average of 23.31, with a best haul of six for 23. He played 79 List A matches, taking 102 wickets (ave: 23.12; Econ: 3.75).
Moseley also played for Eastern Province and Northern Transvaal in South Africa, where he toured in 1983 and 1984 with an unofficial West Indies team.
A cricket coach at The St. Michael School - one of his students was the current Barbados Pride and West Indies Test captain Jason Holder, who has always spoken highly of him - Moseley also coached the champion Barbados Women’s team and was an assistant coach of the West Indies Women’s team.
In addition, he served as a selector for the Barbados senior men’s side. He had a stint as an analyst on radio cricket commentaries for first-class matches as well.
Locally, Moseley represented the Barbados Cricket League (BCL) and Spartan.
Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) president Conde Riley paid tribute to Moseley, who was also known for his fitness and resided at Walrond Village in Christ Church.
“I am devastated at this sad news. Ezra Moseley was a committed coach. He chose to work with our Women’s cohort and coached them to both the Regional T20 and 50-over Championships last year,” Riley said.
“Ezra was a man of God. He never wanted to be in the limelight. At The St. Michael School he coached Jason Holder and several other young cricketers. He recently accepted a position on the BCA’s Women’s committee as we prepare for the next regional tournament and the Commonwealth Games.
“On behalf of myself and the BCA Board of Management, I offer sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley also issued a statement on Moseley’s passing.
“Today, I share with the Barbadian and West Indian cricketing fraternity, and the people of Barbados generally, a sense of profound sadness at the tragic passing of Mr. Ezra Moseley this morning.
“And on behalf of the Government and people of Barbados, I extend my deepest sympathy to his family and everyone else touched by his death.
“While he took to the field only twice wearing the West Indies Test cap, his contribution to the development of the sport in the region cannot be fairly measured by just those two games. What he has given has been much more significant, particularly his time as assistant coach with the Barbados and West Indies women’s cricket teams.
“Additionally, no reflection of his support for the game in this country would be complete without a reference to his sterling contribution to the growth of scores of young people while he was cricket coach at The St. Michael School, including the indispensable role he played in the development of West Indies Test match captain, Jason Holder.
“It is my wish that as his loved ones come together to cope with his loss, the memories of his contribution to his people and his country will bring enough solace to blunt the pain.
“May his soul rest in peace.”