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Full name Alma Victor Hunt
Born October 1, 1910, Somerset, Bermuda
Died March 5, 1999, Sandys, Bermuda (aged 88 years 155 days)
Major teams Bermuda, Scotland, RS Grant XI
Also known as Champ Hunt
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Alma Hunt was widely regarded as being the best Bermudan cricketer, good enough to play in trial matches ahead of the 1933 West Indies tour of England. His eventual omission was because of doubts about Bermuda's eligibility as being part of the West Indies more than his ability. A middle-order left-hand batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler, he scored his first hundred aged 10, and from 1934 to 1938 played league cricket in Scotland and also represented their national side.
In his history of Scottish cricket, NL Stevenson wrote: "Hunt in his day was a genuine personality. He was as panther-like on the field as his compatriot Learie Constantine. He played his cricket with captivating and refreshing zest. So far as the Aberdeen public was concerned, they turned up in their thousands each week to watch his performance. . . .Hunts enthusiasm was unquenchable, and he fielded in the slips ready to pounce like a bird of prey."
In 1941 he became the first man to score a hundred for Somerset in the island's historic Cup match and after the war he became an influential member of the ICC, and the ICC Trophy was very much his brainchild. He was also secretary and then president of the Bermuda Cricket Board.
Alma Hunt, OBE, was the best cricketer ever to emerge from Bermuda, and dominated the island's cricket for decades, both as a player and an administrator. He was invited for trials by West Indies for the 1933 tour of England and distinguished himself with both bat and ball, before it was apparently decided that, as a Bermudan, he was ineligible. Instead, he became a professional for Aberdeenshire and played for them both before and after the war, once taking seven for 11 as West Lothian were bowled out for 48 and then scoring all the runs himself for a ten-wicket win. He played just two first-class matches in his life: one for G. C. Grant's XI in 1932-33, and for Scotland against Yorkshire in 1938. Later, he returned to Bermuda, and managed their team on several tours. He asked for a piper to play a lament at his funeral to mark the Scottish connection.
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