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Roland Butcher      

Full name Roland Orlando Butcher

Born October 14, 1953, East Point, St Philip, Barbados

Current age 60 years 345 days

Major teams England, Barbados, Middlesex, Tasmania

Nickname Butch

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Coach

Height 5 ft 7 in

Roland Orlando Butcher
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 5 0 71 32 14.20 160 44.37 0 0 9 0 3 0
ODIs 3 3 0 58 52 19.33 68 85.29 0 1 5 0 0 0
First-class 277 428 43 12021 197 31.22 17 65 290 1
List A 271 243 25 4888 100 22.42 1 27 82 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 277 307 182 4 2/37 45.50 3.55 76.7 0 0
List A 271 20 23 1 1/18 1/18 23.00 6.90 20.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Mar 13-18, 1981 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v England at Kingston, Apr 10-15, 1981 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v Australia at Birmingham, Aug 22, 1980 scorecard
Last ODI West Indies v England at Albion, Feb 26, 1981 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1974-1990
List A span 1974-1990
Profile

Barbados-born Roland Butcher secured his place in history when he became the first black player to represent England, making his Test debut at Bridgetown in 1980-81 (the headline in the local paper was "Our boy, their bat"). A batsman capable of playing the most thrilling, attacking innings, Butcher was sadly, and frustratingly, inconsistent, his compulsion to hit every ball hard and far usually his undoing. For every onslaught there were a dozen disappointments. More than once he saved his contract with Middlesex with a brilliant hundred. Butcher moved to England at the age of 14, joined Middlesex in 1974 and was picked for two ODIs against Australia in 1980 on the strength of county form. A run-a-ball fifty in the second game, allied to an unbeaten half-century in the Gillette Cup final that September, secured him a place on the tour of the Caribbean, but his technique against fast bowlers was exposed and he was never considered again. In 1983 he suffered a sickening injury which threatened his eyesight when struck by George Ferris, but he returned and continued to entertain and frustrate until he retired in 1990. One blemish in his final years was a brief involvement with the planned rebel tour of South Africa in 1989 - he withdrew when media reaction threatened the success of his benefit. As a fielder, he was among the best, either swooping in the outfield or, in latter years, in the slips. After retiring he pursued business interests as well as coaching a variety of sides, including Tasmania and Bermuda. In November, 2004 he was appointed director of sports at the University of the West Indies' Cave Hill Campus. He was a good enough footballer to play semi-pro for Stevenage and Biggleswade.
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Jul 25, 1986

Bill Athey helps substitute keeper Bob Taylor put his pads on while Roland Butcher holds the gloves, England v New Zealand, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day, July 25, 1986

Bill Athey helps substitute keeper Bob Taylor put his pads on while Roland Butcher holds the gloves

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Sep 6, 1984

John Emburey, Roland Butcher, Mike Gatting and Paul Downton set off after an edge flies through the slips, Middlesex v Kent, Lord's, September 6, 1984

John Emburey, Roland Butcher, Mike Gatting and Paul Downton

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1981

Roland Butcher batting, Barbados, 1981

Roland Butcher batting

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Notes

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1987

Country Fixtures Country Results
Derbyshire v Leics at Derby - Sep 23-26
Derbyshire 289 Leics 25/2
Essex v Worcs at Chelmsford - Sep 23-26
Worcs 84 Essex 198/3
Glamorgan v Hampshire at Cardiff - Sep 23-26
Hampshire 357
Kent v Gloucs at Canterbury - Sep 23-26
Gloucs 179 Kent 83/4
Lancashire v Middlesex at Manchester - Sep 23-26
Middlesex 214
Northants v Sussex at Northampton - Sep 23-26
Sussex 300/7
Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham - Sep 23-26
Durham 201 Warwickshire 77/1
Yorkshire v Somerset at Leeds - Sep 23-26
Yorkshire 241/9
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