Cricket Nurseries of Colonial Barbados: the Elite Schools by Keith A. P. Sandiford

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They were literally idolized by thousands of youngsters who deliberately attempted to emulate their styles and mannerisms. They kept alive the Challenor tradition of attractive batting and taught countless disciples never to let the ball assume dominion over the bat. How well the Ws taught their lessons was quickly seen by the emergence of such batsmen as Robin Bynoe, Teddy Griffith, Conrad Hunte, Peter Lashley, Seymour Nurse, Cammie Smith and Gary Sobers during the 25 CRICKET NURSERIES OF COLONIAL BARBADOS: The Elite Schools The 'Three Terrible Ws' dominated West Indies cricket from 1945 to 1960 1950s.

His obvious enthusiasm and his antics endeared him to the crowds, almost everywhere. He could be as dangerous as a Ray Lindwall or a Frank Tyson, but he somehow lacked 30 1 - Cricket in Barbados: The Context their transparent malevolence as bowlers. V. '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.

Francis was expected to be more docile than the notoriously temperamental Herman, who (as was then very well known) resented being ordered around by men whom he regarded as white nincompoops who were manifestly his cricketing inferiors. Poor Francis, of course, as a lower class black, could not then take part in any form of organized cricket in Barbados at all. He had not played in a single first class match when, at the age of 26, he first toured England with the West Indies team. More tragically still, he was selected to represent Barbados on only four occasions throughout his career.

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