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Full Name  Roland Orlando Butcher
Born  (1953-10-14) 14 October 1953 (age 61)
Birth Place  St. Philip, Barbados
Name  Roland Butcher
Batting style  Right-hand bat
Bowling style  Legbreak

Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 3 3
Runs scored 71 58
Batting average 14.19 19.33
100s/50s -/- -/1
Top score 32 52
Balls bowled - -
Wickets - -
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling - -
Catches/stumpings 3/- -/-

Roland Butcher (born Roland Orlando Butcher, 14 October 1953, St. Philip, Barbados) is a former English cricketer, who played in three Tests and three ODIs from 1980 to 1981. His brief international career was somewhat overshadowed by the death of Ken Barrington, and the Jackman affair.

Life and career

A cousin of Basil, Roland Butcher had come to the United Kingdom at the age of thirteen. He was an aggressive middle-order batsman, who represented Middlesex between 1974 and 1990. His intuitive batting style owed much to the archetypical West Indian calypso flair. He "secured his place in history when he became the first black player to represent England".

In 1983, "he suffered a sickening injury which threatened his eyesight when struck by George Ferris", but managed to recuperate and return to the sport. Butcher had agreed to join a rebel tour of South Africa in 1989, led by his county captain Mike Gatting. However, "he withdrew when media reaction threatened the success of his benefit".

Butcher retired from playing professional cricket in 1990.


Roland Butcher Wikipedia

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