Basil Butcher      

Full name Basil Fitzherbert Butcher

Born September 3, 1933, Port Mourant, Berbice, British Guiana

Died December 16, 2019 (aged 86 years 104 days)

Major teams West Indies, British Guiana, Guyana

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Basil Fitzherbert Butcher
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Tests 44 78 6 3104 209* 43.11 7 16 15 0
First-class 169 262 29 11628 209* 49.90 31 54 67 0
List A 5 4 1 107 57 35.66 0 1 1 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 44 6 256 90 5 5/34 5/51 18.00 2.10 51.2 0 1 0
First-class 169 2193 1217 40 5/34 30.42 3.32 54.8 1 0
List A 5 12 10 1 1/10 1/10 10.00 5.00 12.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v West Indies at Mumbai (BS), Nov 28-Dec 3, 1958 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Leeds, Jul 10-15, 1969 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1954/55 - 1970/71
List A span 1963 - 1972/73
Profile

A supple, wristy, resolute batsman, Basil Butcher became a consistently reliable performer at No. 4 or 5 in the West Indies order. In his first Test series, against India in 1958-59, he made 486 runs at 69.42, but had a chequered career thereafter, until the 1963 tour of England, when he made 383 runs in eight completed innings, including 133 out of 229 in the memorable draw at Lord's. During an interval in that match he opened a letter which advised him that (against a background of civil war) his wife had had a miscarriage back home in Guyana. Very upset, Butcher continued to play a solid and masterly innings which saved his side. Two fine series against Australia led Richie Benaud to consider him the most difficult of all West Indians to get out. An occasional legspinner himself, the only Test wickets Butcher took were all in one innings - 5 for 34 (four coming in three overs) against England at Port-of-Spain in 1967-68.
Christopher Martin-Jenkins

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Dec 17, 2019

Basil Butcher was one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1970

Basil Butcher was one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1970

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Jul 20, 1963

Basil Butcher bats, Middlesex v West Indians, 1st day, Lord's, July 20, 1963

Basil Butcher bats

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1963

Basil Butcher

Basil Butcher

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1970