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Cricket Nurseries of Colonial Barbados: the Elite Schools by Keith A. P. Sandiford

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The scoreboards have been enlarged and modernized and there is far more comfortable space now for both the press and the public. To accommodate the anticipated throng for the 1994 England-West Indies Test, a new stand (as yet unnamed) was erected close to the main Scoreboard. The Kensington Oval is still not the most spacious or most beautiful Test arena in the Caribbean but is considerably larger and more imposing than it once was. Something of the significance of cricket in Barbadian life may be gleaned from the fact that, even during the days of acute depression between 1930 and 1945, the BCA had to admit additional teams such as Carlton, Police and the Young Men's Progressive Club (YMPC).

Much of Pickwick's success depended on the consistently excellent all-round form of Percy Goodman who remained its best player for over 20 years. He was also an intercolonial star for a very long time. In 1891, Percy was not yet 17 when he made his debut for Barbados. 20). He also held 31 catches. 58), and 47 catches. These are excellent statistics for a player of that generation. 94) from 22 innings (3 times not out). 18 Percy Goodman, in short, was the finest batsman produced by the West Indies up to his own time.

He was only 13 when he was first selected to represent the Lodge in 1898. After rendering long and faithful service to Pickwick, he joined Leeward. He later threw in his lot with Central and played for that club until he was 67 years old. 22 Blades and Yearwood, like Wood, went on to play with some distinction for Pickwick and to gain selection to Barbadian teams. Yearwood made his greatest contribution to Barbadian and West Indies cricket as an administrator. 23 The other Lodge School cricket stars of those days, who also played for Barbados, became staunch supporters of Wanderers.

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