Black History Month: Brief Encounters 2

Hampshire Cricket – courtesy of Club Historian Dave Allen – is marking Black History Month this October by celebrating and honouring the contributions of some of the best players to ever represent the Club

DAREN Brent Lyle POWELL (2007)
Born 15 April 1978, St Elizabeth Jamaica
Right Handed Batter, Right Arm Fast-Medium Bowler

4 First-Class Matches
Batting: 63 runs, average 10.50
Highest Score 25 v Surrey at The Rose Bowl 2007
Bowling: 15 wickets, average 22.86
Best Bowling Innings 4-8 v Worcestershire at The Rose Bowl in 2007
Catches: 1

6 Limited Overs Matches
Bowling: 13 wickets, average 21.61
Best Bowling 4-30 v Essex at The Rose Bowl 2007
Catches: 2

Daren Powell was born in Jamaica in 1978. He was a right-arm, fast-medium bowler who played in all three formats for the West Indies, and in addition to Jamaica and Gauteng, in England he played for Derbyshire and Lancashire. In 2007, after playing in ODIs in England, he joined Hampshire, where he played in four first-class, and six limited-overs matches, including the FP Trophy Final v Durham – Hampshire’s first Lord’s Final defeat.

FIDEL Henderson EDWARDS (2015-2019)
Born 6 February 1982, St Peter Barbados
Right Handed Batter, Right Arm Fast Bowler

50 First-Class Matches
Batting: 186 runs, average 6.20
Highest Score 20 v Surrey at The Ageas Bowl 2017
Bowling: 185 wickets, average 25.35, 11 five-fors, One ten wicket match haul
Best Bowling Innings 6-50 v Nottinghamshire at The Ageas Bowl in 2018
Catches: 7

20 Limited Overs Matches
Bowling: 36 wickets, average 27.52
Best Bowling 4-35 v Barbados at Windward Park 2018
Catches: 2

11 Twenty20 Matches
Bowling: Eight wickets, average 43.75
Best Bowling 2-30 v Middlesex at Lord's 2018

Fidel Edwards was a fast bowler from Barbados who made his debut for Hampshire in 2015, having played in all three formats for the West Indies (55 Test Matches). In 2015, his 45 Championship wickets at 20.88 played a major part in ensuring that Hampshire (just) escaped relegation, while in the following season when they were reprieved only by the Durham penalty, he had suffered an injury in a pre-match warm-up and took just three wickets, missing all but the first two games. He returned in 2017 and took 33 wickets, then in 2018 was Hampshire’s leading Championship wicket-taker with 54 at 26.72, in 2019 adding 50 at 25.32. In the T20, Edwards went on loan to Warwickshire for whom he took nine wickets at 22.88. He was due to return to Hampshire in 2020 until the pandemic struck and his county career concluded just 15 wickets short of 200. He was awarded his Hampshire cap in 2018 and had a testimonial game in the county in 2022.

DAREN Julius Garvey SAMMY (2016)
Born 20 December 1983, Micoud St Lucia
Right Handed Batter, Right Arm Medium Pace Bowler

7 Twenty20 Matches
Batting: 70 runs, average 14.00
Highest Score 30 v Kent at Canterbury 2016
Bowling: Six wickets, average 21.00
Best Bowling Innings 2-20 v Kent at The Ageas Bowl 2016
Catches: 1

All-rounder Darren Sammy was born in St Lucia in 1983. He played for the West Indies in all three formats, sometimes as captain. In 2016, he played for Hampshire in the T20 tournament, scoring 70 runs at 14.00 and taking six wickets at 21.00.

TINO la Bertram BEST (2016)
Born 26 August 1981, St Michael Barbados
Right Handed Batter, Right Arm Fast Bowler

6 First-Class Matches
Batting: 49 runs, average 7.00
Highest Score 23* v Middlesex at The Ageas Bowl 2016
Bowling: 14 wickets, average 39.57
Best Bowling Innings 5-90 v Lancashire at Old Trafford
Catches: 3

2 Limited Overs Matches
Bowling: One wicket, average 122.0

9 Twenty20 Matches
Bowling: Four wickets, average 64.50
Best Bowling Innings 2-38 v Kent at Canterbury 2016
Catches: 2

Hampshire’s West Indian fast bowler Fidel Edwards was injured in a warm-up during the second Championship match of the 2016 season, and to replace him they signed another fast bowler from Barbados, Tino Best, who had played in Tests and internationals for the West Indies, and also played for Yorkshire. He made his Championship debut for the county on 1 May, and played in six first-class matches. In his second match, he took 5-90 in an innings defeat at Old Trafford, but overall took just 14 wickets at a fraction under 40 each. In limited-overs matches he took just one wicket, with four more wickets in nine T20 matches. In early July, he had figures of 0-104 at Durham and did not play another Championship game, ending that season playing for Lashings.

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