Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Legends



Sir Andy Roberts
Full Name - Anderson Montgomery Everton Roberts
Born - January 29th 1951, Urlings Village Antigua
Major Teams - West Indies, Combined Islands, Hampshire, Leeward Islands, Leicestershire, New South Wales
Batting style - right-hand bat
Bowling style - right-arm fast
It took Roberts less than two and a half years to reach 100 test wickets, the quickest at that point, and his best years were unquestionably in the middle 1970, before the Packer revolution later he became jaded and the edge went from his pace, although his experience and abilities to move the ball kept him in test cricket until 1983-84.
 

Sir Vivian Richards


Full Name – Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards
Born- March 7th 1952, ST John’s Antigua
Current Age - 63 years old
Major teams - West Indies, Combined Islands, Glamorgan, Leeward Islands, Queensland, Somerset.
Batting style - right-hand bat
Bowling style - right-arm slow
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Relation brother- M Richards, Half-brother D Richards, Son M Richards


In a nutshell the man who gave swagger the meaning in cricket, Richards was the most destructive batsman of his era, and while there are many with greater records, few could take on intimidate and rip to shreds bowling attacks like he did.

   

Curtly Ambrose
Full Name – Curtly Elconn Lyn wall Ambrose
Born - 21st September 1963, Swetes Village, Antigua

Curtly Ambrose played 98 test matches for the West Indies. A fast bowler, he took 405 test wickets at an average of 20.99 and topped the icc player rankings for much of his career to be rated the best bowler in the world. His great height- he is 6 feet 7 inches (2.01m) tall- allowed him to make the ball bounce unusually high after he delivered it, allied to his pace and accuracy, it made him a difficult bowler for batsmen to face.

A man of few words during his career, he was notoriously reluctant to speak to journalists. He was chosen as one of the Wisdom Cricketers of the year in 1992; after he retired he was entered into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame and selected as one of the West Indies all –time X1 by a panel of experts.
 
Kenneth Benjamin
Full Name – Kenneth Charle Griffith Benjamin
Born – April 8th 1967, St John’s, Antigua
Current Age – 48 years old
Major teams, West Indies, Easterns, Gautery, Leeward Islands, Worcestershire
Batting style – right-hand bat
Bowling style- right-arm fast

A valuable support act for Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose, Kenny Benjamin helped to prop up West Indies fast fading pace dynasty until the late 1990’s. He took a very straight approach to the wicket, then bowled from the shoulder, without much attempt at body action. A well-built fast bowler from Antigua, he made his test debut in the inaugural match against South Africa in 1991-92 and then once on the tour of Australia to a fast and furious barrage. But he really burst into the limelight against England in 1993-94, grabbing 6 for 66 in the first test at Kingston and then seven wickets in the next match. He ended the series with 22 wickets.

 

Richie Richardson

Full Name – Richard Benjamin Richardson
Born – January 12th 1962, Five Islands Village , Antigua
Major Teams - West Indies , Leeward Islands, Northerns, West Indies B, Windward Islands, Yorkshire.
Batting – right-hand bat
Bowling Style- right-arm medium
Out of the shadow of Viv emerged Richie . Richards followed by Richardson was somehow genealogically appropriate. There was contrast, though. Richards was volatile and explosive in word and deed. His successor as West Indies captain was genteel and gentle, unfailingly, courteous and modest. He stood for sportsmanship in an age where such values were beginning to disappear, and deserved better than the shabby underhand power brokering that eventually saw him dethroned. He was a destructively brilliant batsman, particularly on hard pitches where he could throw the bat through the line with abandon, carving the ball square. He hooked frequently to, usually for six. His finest innings was at Georgetown in March 1991, when he blasted 182, including 106 in the final session of the first day.
   
Ridley Jacobs
Full Name – Ridley Detamore Jacobs
Born – November 26th 1967,Sweets Village, Antigua
Major Teams - West Indies, Antigua, Leeward Islands
Playing Rolle – Wicket Keeper / Batsman
Batting Style – Left-hand bat
Fielding Position – Wicket Keeper

Jacobs was West Indies one success story of the late 1990’s. A wicket-keeper and left hand bat he hailed for his test debut, which came against South Africa in 1998-99. Jacobs relish for fast bowling helped him top the batting averages on that unhappy tour, and three years later he notched his maiden test century against the same opponents in Barbados, and scored two more after that- the second of which kept England’s bowlers away from the West Indian tail as Brian Lara went about scoring is 400. However his glove work started to fail and his form fell away dramatically in England in 2004. He was troubled by knee trouble, returning home before the end of the tour and he retired from International Cricket the following spring.



Winston Benjamin

Full Name – Winston Keithroy Matthew Benjamin
Born – December 31st 1964 All Saints Village
Current Age 50 years old
Major teams, West Indies, Hampshire, Leeward Islands, Leicestershire
Batting style – right- hand bat
Bowling style – right- arm fast

In 1978-88 he preserved West Indies status as the world’s best with a crucial 40 not out in a series- leveling two wicket win over Pakistan in Barbados. And in England in 1998 he tapped the bowling averages with 12 wickets at 12.58.

 


David Joseph


Full Name – David Rolston Emmanuel Joseph
Born – 15th November 1969 Antigua
Current Age – 45 years old
Major teams – West Indies
Batting style – right- hand bat

Test debut, West Indies v Australia at Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain, on March 5th 1999.
Latest test – West Indies v Australia at Antigua Recreation Grounds, St. John’s April 3rd 1999.