EXCLUSIVE: BCA Top 40: 2002 - Ahmed Proverbs plunders record 957 runs, Banks retain title

Bridgetown, Barbados, May 22 - (www.bcacricket.org) - To mark the 40th anniversary of compiling statistics on the premier Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Championship, Keith Holder continues his annual series which is now into the decade of the 2000s.

Formerly known as the First division since 1892, the Competition was rebranded as the Elite division in 2012 - three years after the promotion and demotion system was introduced.

In 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).

Qualifications for each season - Batting: 300 runs; Bowling: 20 wickets; Fielding - Wicket-keeper: 10 victims, Other than wicket-keeper: 8 catches.

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40 centuries, 20 batsmen score over 500 runs in record-breaking season

Ahmed Proverbs of St. Catherine spearheaded a record-breaking season by batsmen in the 2002 Courts-Suzuki First division Championship as Banks, again set up by left-arm spin “twins” Winston Reid and Anderson Sealy, retained the title in a close finish with Empire.

Proverbs, from a well-known cricketing family and with a reputation as arguably one of the most nomadic players ever (he represented four clubs in a 25-year career but amazingly moved back, forth and in between; see his Clubs’ association at the end of the story), blasted his way into the record books by amassing 957 runs - the most by a modern-day batsman in a season - at an average of 56.29, in ten matches.

Then aged 32, the versatile player also slammed the most centuries (four) including three on the trot, among a new mark of 40 for the season.

Having missed the first two matches because of family commitments, Proverbs’ presence in the clannish St. Philip team took on an even more vital role following heavy innings defeats against Combined Schools and Banks.

St. Catherine lost by an innings and 24 runs to the Schools at St. James Secondary, having been asked to follow-on and were crushed by an innings and 103 runs by Banks at The Brewery, falling for less than 100 for the third consecutive time.

Proverbs, who also gained a reputation for talking “pretty” and believed in the word “definitely”, was on the rampage from the outset. He reeled off twin centuries (155 and 102 not out) against Spartan in a drawn match at Queen’s Park with St. Catherine gaining first innings points, and then smashed a career-best 210 in his very next innings off Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) at Brereton, where a First division match was played for the first time ever due to problems with the field at Bayfield.

On all three occasions, he punched in at No. 3.

But as though they were somewhat “bewitched”, St. Catherine lost to BDFSP by 18 runs after taking a big first innings lead of 164. Proverbs also kept wicket and took five catches in the match including four in the second innings. He was a handy medium-pacer as well.

There was no brotherly love for Ahmed in the second innings against BDFSP, as batting this time at No. 4, he was caught by Cedric Proverbs (now Major Cedric Proverbs), the youngest of three Proverbs’ brothers who all played that season, with the eldest, Stanton, representing Police.

The bowler was pacer Richard Morgan, who grabbed five for 29 off 9.4 overs.

Scores were: BDFSP 163 all out and 256 all out; St. Catherine 327 for six declared and 74 all out.

“We were struggling for players at that time so being a club person and hearing from my cousin, Shawn Sargeant, who was the captain, what was going on in relation to St. Catherine’s cricket and based on the two early losses, I saw it fitting to help out after I had family commitments,” Proverbs said.

“Based on my recollection from my very first innings I was actually seeing the ball pretty well and my strokeplay was on as though I had been playing from the start of the season.

“From the first couple deliveries I was just stroking the ball off the middle of the bat and the boundaries were flowing. Definitely.”

As many as 28 players represented St. Catherine that season.

The Proverbs’ cricketing blood has its genesis in their uncles - all-rounder Luther “Ragoo” Wiltshire and Stedson Wiltshire, better known by the sobriquet of Red Plastic Bay, RPB, or merely Plastic Bag or Bag, and who became an icon in the music field, winning the Barbados Calypso monarch competition a record ten times) - both of whom played at the highest level for St. Catherine, with Luther also an indisputed star for Mental (now Psychiatric) Hospital in the Second Division Competition.

Ahmed Proverbs’ aggregate was indeed very special in that only two other batsmen - Hubert “Ellis” Brathwaite and Barry Callender - scored over 900 runs in a season in the period under review.

Brathwaite made 918 (ave: 65.37) including a record six centuries for St. Catherine in 1983, and Callender 919 (ave: 41.77) with four hundreds for Banks in 1994.

By the end of the fifth round, Ahmed Proverbs and Courtney Browne of Cable & Wireless BET, had both rushed past the coveted 500-run mark.

Browne, the C&W BET as well as Barbados captain, was the first to the landmark in seven innings despite missing Round 5, while Proverbs, a former Barbados player, took just five innings.

Then, Proverbs had scored 548 runs (ave: 109.60), while wicket-keeper/batsman Browne had 510 runs (ave: 72.85) including two hundreds - 163 v Pickwick in Series 2 and 102 not out v Banks in Series 3 - both on home turf at Wildey. In the first innings against Banks he was dismissed for 95.

By mid-season, middle order batsman Shawn Graham of Empire and his team-mate, burly fast bowler Ryan “Chicken Breast” Nurse, were at the top of the averages.

Graham had 438 runs (ave: 87.60) as he passed 4 000 First division career runs in his 11th season and fifth with Empire after playing for Schools South (1992-95) and Schools North (1996 and 1997), while Nurse had picked up 35 wickets (ave: 13.40) after representing the West Indies Under-19 team at the Youth World Cup in New Zealand earlier that year.

Ultimately, off-spinning all-rounder Ryan Hurley of Pickwick had the honour of performing the double. He scored 504 runs (average 25.20) and took 71 wickets at 16.04 runs apiece.

The diminutive Hurley became the fifth player since 1980 to boast of the double.

The others are: George Linton (Spartan) in 1981 (556 runs, ave: 34.70; 51 wickets, ave: 14.82); Sherlon Greaves (Empire) in 1993 (522 runs, ave: 38.53; 63 wickets, ave: 11.30); Winston “Freddie” Herbert (BCL) in 1994 (659 runs, ave: 34.68; 53 wickets, ave: 16.56) and Stanton Proverbs (Police) in 2001 (617 runs, ave 34.27; 59 wickets, ave: 15.11).

In what was becoming a habit, Reid and Sealy again combined to set a couple bowling records among several all told.

For the third straight season, the 40-year-old Reid grabbed the most wickets (82) at 13.62 runs each off 473.1 overs, following marks of 92 and 85 as he pushed his overall tally to an amazing 1178 since his debut way back in 1981 for YMPC.

Reid’s 20-year-old understudy Sealy took 79 wickets at 18.62 runs apiece from 399.2 overs.

By sharing 161 wickets off 872.3 overs, Reid and Sealy erased their own combined mark of 158 wickets and 835.4 overs by two bowlers from one team, recorded the previous season.

Spartan captain and leg-spinner Dave “Yamma” Marshall took the second most wickets (81) at an average of 13.82.

The previous record for the most centuries in a season since 14 teams (an increase of two) contested the championship from 1989 was 34 in 1994.

There was a further record set by batsmen with as many as 20 scoring over 500 runs for the season.

Among the century-makers was the West Indies wicket-keeper/batsman Junior Murray, a Grenadian, who struck two (both unbeaten) in representing Banks in the last six matches. Murray scored 270 runs (ave: 67.50) and also had 12 victims behind the stumps.

Banks opener Sherwin Campbell, another West Indies player, topped the overall batting averages with 75 after scoring 375 runs from eight innings including three not outs. He played in the latter half of the season following a professional contract in England with Lashings, a pub club in Kent.

At the head of the bowling averages was Combined Schools captain and Barbados under-19 left-arm spinner Derick Bishop, who took 50 wickets at 12.36 runs each.

Pickwick captain Rondelle Yearwood boasted of the most victims 32 (29 catches and three stumpings) by a wicket-keeper, while Anderson Sealy edged out Reid by one for the most catches (18) by a fielder.

Going into the final round, only Banks with 54 points and Empire on 53 were in contention for the Cup. The Schools and Pickwick were jointly third on 39.

Banks duly took first innings points over Carlton at The Brewery, while Empire were led on first innings by Wanderers at Dayrells Road.

Banks team (with matches in brackets) - Winston Reid (captain, 13), Dale Brathwaite, Richard Carter, Barry Callender, Anderson Sealy (13), Donovan Lovell (12), Adrian Watson (11), Wayne Ruebin, Sherwin Campbell (7), Steve Linton, Henry Austin, Orion Bostic, Junior Murray (6), Gordon Maxwell, David Sealy, Francis Thompson (4), Gregory Alleyne (3), Jeremy Browne, Curtis Morris (1).

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FINAL POINTS

Banks                 57

Empire               54

Spartan              47

Schools              42

Pickwick             39

Maple                 36

YMPC                 34

Police                 34

St. Catherine      32

BDFSP               31

Carlton              27

C&W BET           26

Wanderers         25

BCL                   12

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NB: Following is Ahmed Proverbs’ Club career since his debut in 1988 for St. Catherine, with his brother Stanton and cousin Elbert Proverbs also in the team:

1988, 1989 (St. Catherine); 1990 (BET); 1991-94 (Pickwick); 1995-97 (Police); 1998 (St. Catherine); 1999 (Police); 2000 (Pickwick); 2001, 2002 (St. Catherine); 2003, 2004 (No team - was residing in Antigua); 2005, 2006 (St. Catherine); 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (Pickwick); 2011, 2012 (St. Catherine).

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BATTING                                             MT    I    NO     R      HS     Ave      100  50

Ahmed Proverbs(St. Catherine)             10   18    1     957   210    56.29     4     3

Wayne Blackman (Spartan)                   12   19    2    867   114     51.00     3     4

Sean Armstrong(Wanderers)                 12   19    4    768   153*   51.20      2    3

Courtney Browne (C&W BET)                10   19    2    759   163     44.64      2     4

Owen Birch (Wanderers)                       12   19    2    677   111    39.82       2     4

Adrian Jones (YMPC)                            13    20    2    644   122    35.78      2     3

Mwanghi Broomes (C&W BET)               11   20    2    640   104    35.55       1     4

Carlo Morris (BDFSP)                            11   19    1    637   131    35.38       1     5

William Lashley (YMPC)                         13   19    3    629   117*   39.31      1     4

Edison Rock (BDFSP)                            13    22   0    601    74      27.31      0     3

Pedro Agard (Maple)                             11    21   1    575   153     28.75      1     3

Randy Thomas (BCL)                            12    20    0   558     96     27.90      0     2

George Harris (Pickwick)                       10    17    1   550    103    34.37      1     2

Shawn Graham (Empire)                       13   14    2    544    103   45.33       2     3

Martin Nurse (Schools)                          12   21    0   543     70     25.85      0      2

Andy Payne (Maple)                              12   21    0    532    69     25.33       0     3

Richard Carter (Banks)                          13   17    1   517    130    32.31       1     2

Stephen Herbert (Police)                        12   21    1   516   100     25.80      1      3

Ryan Hurley (Pickwick)                          13   20    0   504     79     25.20       0      2

Vonrick Nurse (Carlton)                         11   17    4   500    104*   38.46      1      2

Michael Matthews (Pickwick)                  12   19    3   489     87      30.56      0      3

Brian Corbin (Police)                             12   21    3    481    67*    26.72       0      3

Shirley Clarke (Carlton)                         11   18    2    476   101     29.75      1       2

Kurt Wilkinson(Carlton)                         10   15    3    474    112    39.50      1       2

Wendell Coppin (YMPC)                         13    18    3   471     77     31.40      0       4

Jason Parris (Empire)                            12   15     3   464    123*  38.67      2       0

Kenroy Williams (Schools)                      11   18    2   454    65      28.37      0       3

Dave Clarke (BCL)                                 12   20    0   452   111     22.60      1       1

Jason Haynes (Empire)                          13   16    1    442    93      29.13     0       2

Dwayne Yearwood (BDFSP)                    13   23    1    440    69      20.00     0       2

Stanton Proverbs (Police)                        8    12    0   430   105      35.83     1       2

Ron Bates (C&W BET)                            11   18    0   430    77       23.89     0       2

Kevin Marshall (Pickwick)                       13    22   2    392   56       19.60     0       1

Trevor Griffith (Police)                            11   19    0    377   60       19.84     0      4

Sherwin Campbell (Banks)                      7      8    3    375   143*    75.00    1       1

Don O’neal (C&W BET)                            9    13    0    375   60       28.84     0       3

Marvin Forde (Wanderers)                      12   19    4    367    59       24.46     0       1

Jefferson Gibbons (Maple)                      10   19    1    366    66      20.33      0       4

Rondelle Yearwood (Pickwick)                 13   20    1    366    67      19.26      0       3

Philo Wallace (Spartan)                           5     7     0    348    84     49.71      0       3

Donovan Lovell (Banks)                         12    15    0    347   101     23.13      1        1

Antonio Mayers (C&W BET)                     5     7      0    343  159     49.00       1       1

Ricky Hoyte (Empire)                            10    12    4     340    80*    42.50      0       3

Dale Richards (Carlton)                          4      6     1    337   144      67.40     1       2

Kirk Edwards (Schools)                         11    19     3    337    64*    21.06      0       2

Anthony Hurley (Pickwick)                    10     16    2     333   72*     23.78     0       2

Lamar Wiggins (BDFSP)                         13   23     2    333    42     15.85      0        0

Jamal Smith (Schools)                          12    20     4    328    53     20.50      0       1

Rommel Brathwaite (BCL)                       5     7      1    301    89     50.17      0        2

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BOWLING                                  MT      O        M        R       W        BB       Ave    5W   10W

Winston Reid (Banks)                 13    473.1   132    1117    82      6-20    13.62    8       2

Dave Marshall (Spartan)             12    423.3    98     1120    81      7-49    13.82    7       3

Anderson Sealy (Banks)             13    399.2     64    1471    79      8-85    18.62     6       2

Ryan Hurley (Pickwick)               13    351.4    67     1139    71      6-26    16.04     7      1

Ryan Nurse (Empire)                  13    248.5    50     827     57      8-23    14.50      6      0

Ryan Austin (Pickwick)                9    198.2     25     776     53      8-26     14.64     4       3

Derick Bishop (Schools)              12    276.4    74     618    50      6-29     12.36     4       0

Brian Shepherd (St.Catherine)    12    226.2    39     703     44      6-65    15.97     2        0

Barrington Yearwood Jr. (Maple)  10    140.2    20    532     42       7-50    12.67     3       0

Kenrick Marshall (Police)             12    247.2    62    698     39       5-31    17.89     2       0

Sulieman Benn (Spartan)             6    212.3     55    503     38      7-67     13.23     3       0

Fidel Edwards (YMPC)                  9     166       24    604     38       6-22    15.89     3       0

Stanton Proverbs (Police)             7    176.5     16    662     38      6-63     17.42     1        0

Jason Smith (BDFSP)                  11    213.1    24    776     38      5-64    20.42      2       1

Shirley Clarke (Carlton)              11    209.3    47    530     35      5-27     15.14     3       0

Dave Roach (Maple)                    12   214.4    35    590     33       5-47    17.87     1       0

Dave Clarke (BCL)                      13   160.4     14    615     30     5-58     20.50      1       0

Sherlon Greaves (Empire)             8    140.1    19    489     28      5-40     17.46     2       0

Reunel Agard (Carlton)                12    181.2    37    571    28      5-23      20.39     1       0

Damien Carvalho (BDFSP)            11   104       13    463     26     5-119    17.80     1       0

Jimmy Small (Police)                   12    180.4    29    555     26     5-33      21.34     2       0

Ruel Brathwaite (Schools)            12    156.2    23    572    26      4-55     22.00      0       0 

William Lashley (YMPC)                13    187      38    525     24     4-56     21.87      0       0

Sean Armstrong (Wanderers)       12    119      27    406     23     5-42     17.65      2        0

Malcolm Powlett (YMPC)               10   147.3    37    313     23     5-45      13.60     1       0

Deon Pinder (BCL)                      12    148      15     580     23     4-30     25.21      0        0

Dwayne R. Smith (YMPC)             7    103.3     11    369     22     5-48     16.77      1        0

Emmerson Jordan (Maple)            9    119.4    22     377     22     6-34      17.13     2       0

Renaldo Parris (Schools)              11   117.5    10    422     21     6-32      20.09      1        0

Philip Browne (Spartan)               5     92.5      4     429     21     5-49      20.42      2        0

Wendell Coppin (YMPC)              13     174.2    31    527    21      3-22     25.09      0        0

Tino Best (BDFSP)                       9    144.4    21     584    21      4-45     27.81      0        0

Anthony Turton (BCL)                12     132       11    594     21     4-63     28.28      0         0

Ryan Clarke (Carlton)                 12    151      14     790     21     5-57     37.61      1         0

Adam Sanford (Empire)                4     84        14    286     20     6-26     14.30      2        0

Andre Evelyn (Empire)                 6     99.3     11    404      20     5-27     20.20     1         0

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FIELDING

Wicket-keepers: Rondelle Yearwood (Pickwick) 32 (29 catches/3 stumpings); Carlo Morris (BDFSP) 26 (19/7); Wayne Blackman (Spartan) 26 (16/10); Patrick Browne (St. Catherine) 25 (20/5); Stephen Herbert (Police) 24 (17/7); Courtney Browne (C&W BET) 23 (18/5), Jason King (Carlton) 21 (17/4); Jamal Smith (Schools) 21 (16/5); Tori Harbin (BCL) 20 (11/9); Marlon Clarke (Empire) 17 (16/1); Colin Weekes (YMPC) 17 (15/2); Jefferson Gibbons (Maple) 13 (11/2); Wayne Reubin (Banks) 15 (10/5); Junior Murray (Banks) 12 (7/5); Corey Glasgow (Wanderers) 11 (11/0) .

Other than wicket-keepers: Anderson Sealy (Banks) 18; Winston Reid (Banks) 17; Livingstone Puckerin (Spartan) 14; Derick Bishop (Schools), Robin Parris (Empire) 13; Renaldo Parris (Schools), Chris Humphrey (Wanderers) 12; Lamar Wiggins (BDFSP), Jason Parris (Empire), Alcindo Holder (Empire), Ryan Hurley (Pickwick), Corey Yearwood (Spartan) 11; Richard Carter (Banks), Mwanghi Broomes (C&W BET), Kurt Wilkinson (Carlton), Jason Gilkes (Pickwick), Kevin Marshall (Pickwick) 10; Donovan Lovell (Banks), Dwayne Yearwood (BDFSP), Cedric Proverbs (BDFSP), Michael Matthews (Pickwick), Henderson Hinds (Pickwick) 9; Edison Rock (BDFSP), Jason Haynes (Empire), Brian Corbin (Police), Ellis Stuart (St. Catherine), Calvin Watson (YMPC) 8.

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CENTURIES (40)

Ahmed Proverbs (St. Catherine) 210 (Ist Innings) v BDFSP at Brereton (Series 4).

Courtney Browne (C&W BET) 163 (Ist Innings) v Pickwick at Wildey (Series 2).

Antonio Mayers (C&W BET) 159 (Ist Innings) v Wanderers at Wildey (Series 7).

Ahmed Proverbs (St. Catherine) 155 (1st innings) v Spartan at Queen's Park (Series 3).

Pedro Agard (Maple) 153 (Ist Innings) v Pickwick at Kensington Oval (Series 6).

Sean Armstrong (Wanderers) 153 not out (Ist Innings) v YMPC at Dayrells Road (Series 9).

Dale Richards (Carlton) 144 (Ist Innings) v Police at Weymouth "A" (Series 1).

Sherwin Campbell (Banks) 143 not out (Ist Innings) v BDFSP at Paragon (Series 10).

Carlo Morris (BDFSP) 131 (2nd Innings) v Pickwick at Paragon (Series 3).

Richard Carter (Banks) 130 (Ist Innings) v Wanderers at The Brewery (Series 6).

Junior Murray (Banks) 127 not out (Ist Innings) v BCL at The Brewery (Series 12).

Jason Parris (Empire) 123 not out (Ist Innings) v BDFSP at Paragon (Series 12).

Adrian Jones (YMPC) 122 (Ist Innings) v Spartan at Queen's Park (Series 1).

Jason Parris (Empire) 119 (Ist Innings) v Maple at Bank Hall (Series 2).

William Lashley (YMPC) 117 not out (Ist Innings) v BCL at Blenheim "A" (Series 6).

Ahmed Proverbs (St. Catherine) 116 (Ist Innings) v Pickwick at Bayfield (Series 9).

Wayne Blackman (Spartan) 114 (Ist Innings) v C&W BET at Queen's Park (Series 5).

Sean Armstrong (Wanderers) 113 (Ist Innings) v Police at Weymouth “A” (Series 3).

Kurt Wilkinson (Carlton) 112 (Ist Innings) v Police (Series 1).

Wayne Blackman (Spartan) 112 not out (2nd Innings) v Police at Queen's Park (Series 8).

Owen Birch (Wanderers) 111 (Ist Innings) v BCL at Dayrells Road (Series 2).

Dave Clarke (BCL) 111 (2nd Innings) v Wanderers at Dayrells Road (Series 2).

Owen Birch (Wanderers) 111 (Ist Innings) v C&W BET at Wildey (Series 7).

Adrian Watson (Banks) 109 (Ist Innings) v C&W BET at Wildey (Series 3).

Roland Holder (Empire) 108 (Ist Innings) v Spartan at Bank Hall (Series 10).

Wayne Blackman (Spartan) 106 (Ist Innings) v BCL at Blenheim "A" (Series 7).

Adrian Jones (YMPC) 106 (2nd Innings) v Schools at Beckles Road (Series 10).

Stanton Proverbs (Police) 105 (Ist Innings) v Empire at Weymouth "A" (Series 7).

Mwanghi Broomes (C&W BET) 104 (Ist Innings) v Police at Weymouth "A" (Series 6).

Vonrick Nurse (Carlton) 104 not out (2nd Innings) v Banks at The Brewery (Series 13).

Shawn Graham (Empire) 103 (Ist Innings) v Pickwick at Kensington Oval (Series 4).

George Harris (Pickwick) 103 (Ist Innings) v Banks at Kensington Oval (Series 7).

Junior Murray (Banks) 103 not out (Ist Innings) v Schools at St. James Secondary (Series 9).

Ahmed Proverbs (St. Catherine) 102 not out (2nd innings) v Spartan at Queen's Park (Series 3).

Courtney Browne (C&W BET) 102 not out (2nd Innings) v Banks at Wildey (Series 3).

Shirley Clarke (Carlton) 101 (Ist Innings) v Pickwick at Kensington Oval (Series 5).

Donovan Lovell (Banks) 101 (Ist Innings) v BDFSP at Paragon (Series 10).

Dwayne R. Smith (YMPC) 101 not out (Ist Innings) v C&W BET at Beckles Road (Series 13).

Shawn Graham (Empire) 100 not out (Ist Innings) v Schools at Deighton Griffith, Kingsland (Series 3).

Stephen Herbert (Police) 100 (Ist Innings) v C&W BET at Weymouth "A" (Series 6).



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