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Full name Laurie Rohan Williams
Born December 12, 1968, Jamaica
Died September 8, 2002, Portmore, Kingston, Jamaica (aged 33 years 270 days)
Major teams West Indies, Jamaica
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|ODI debut||West Indies v New Zealand at Port of Spain, Mar 30, 1996 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Feb 9, 2001 scorecard|
|List A span||1992-2003|
Williams, Laurie Rohan, died in Kingston, Jamaica on September 8, 2002, aged 33, when he swerved to avoid a damaged section of road and his car collided with an oncoming bus. His 23-year-old half-brother, Kevin Jennison, was also killed. Although Williams had opened the bowling for Jamaica against England on his first-class debut in February 1990, his method was mainly medium seam and swing rather than out-and-out pace and was well suited to limited-overs cricket. In 15 one-day internationals for West Indies between 1995-96, when he grabbed three for 16 in five overs against New Zealand in his second match, and the 2000-01 Carlton Series in Australia, he took 18 wickets at 30.88. However, his aggregate of 124 one-day international runs, with a highest score of 41, reveals neither his elegance nor ability at the crease. The highest of his three first-class hundreds, 135 for Jamaica against Windwards, helped make him the second-highest runmaker in the 1999-2000 Busta Cup. Williams's best first-class bowling, six for 26 in 1996-97, was also at Windwards' expense. In 58 firstclass matches for West Indies A and Jamaica, he scored 2,002 runs at 24.71 and took 170 wickets at 23.17. In the weeks preceding the accident Williams had played in the early rounds of the one-day Red Stripe Bowl, but had been dropped for the semi-final and final. Many paid tribute to his commitment to Jamaican cricket, while the former West Indies wicket-keeper Jackie Hendriks, president of the Jamaican Cricket Association, said he was "a gentleman on and off the field".
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?