QC Cricket Anecdotes
On EMD "Eric" Phillips (QC: Late 1960s):
Eric was a slugger, not a batsman - a pretty good slugger - a kinda Keith Boyce. He once made over one hundred on one foot. Ok, one bruk foot in a cast. Actually, it was 77, with 7 sixes and 7 fours, against Central High School, with Croft as the main strike bowler. Then again, maybe it was a House match, or a school match against Indian Education Trust College!
"Saggy" Jarvis and Eric Phillips were a lethal new ball pair with both of them bowling out-swingers. OK, Eric was not even fast - and he was straight! Jarvis on the other hand would cut you in half with that in-swinger that bounced.
I remember many an afternoon staying back to support Durban house - 3:30 to 5:30. I was there in that moment in time when Durban House's most illustrious athlete and scholar, "Oh Eric" EMD Phillips, ankle cast et al, batting from the Thomas Rd end, off-drove the opposing opening bowler way over long-off, into the Scout ground trench. Six and ball lost!
On Mike Christophe (QC 1965 - 1970):
Mike started at QC in 1965 and played table tennis, football and cricket for the school. He played both table tennis and youth cricket for Guyana. His younger brother Sydney was table tennis champion for Guyana for more than a decade. Christophe had about 20 little eyeball-popping, jaw-dropping admirers around him all the time but it didn't affect his game. He was another very humble, unassuming, nail biting chap. Never a harsh word. Always willing to help.
I remember my first Wight cup, or Under-14 game, and Mike was watching on. They put me in at No 5, like I was Lloyd or something, whereas I was a natural opener with little leg work to go down the wicket quickly.
The left arm spinner was pitching the ball 1 to 6 inches outside leg stump and turning in sharply. All I could think of was a forward defense prod, opening my leg towards wide mid on. Christophe quickly stepped in, knowing I swept well in nets, and shouted, "Sweep!". I did, and got a four. Next ball, I was back to the forward defense prod. Christophe shouted, "Sweep!". I swept, and it was four more!!
I gained so much confidence that before you know it I was even dancing down the wicket and hoisting over mid-on, rather than giving them "fat eye". Unfortunately, over confidence is very much our culture. I went ten feet down the wicket and the ball was five feet away from my bat - and I kept on dancing to the pavilion, stumped like a dunce!
It was Ghandi Youth Organisation (GYO) versus QC at QC, in 1970. GYO had a leg spinner giving the ball plenty of air and he bamboozled out the whole star-studded QC team for about 60, laughing at the schoolboys. QC cricket supervisor Horton Dolphin, sitting in pavilion, was furious!
He got hold of Christophe and pointedly told him there was no way this should have happened. The ball had enough flight for the batsman to go down the wicket and make it into a full toss or half volley. If he missed, the ball was coming into him and would hit the pads, making it hard to get stumped. It couldn't be LBW down the wicket either (back in those days).
Sending QC in for the follow-on, that guy wished he never bowled again. We made about 10 bike trips around to Woolford Ave lawn tennis courts to look for balls as Christophe lashed him for sixes like he was a stubborn jackass. I think eight balls were lost. QC lost the match but avoided defeat by an innings.
On Wiggy Dash DeFreitas (QC: Late 1960s):
Dash bowled a googly to Clyde Walcott during practice at the QC ground, which Walcott hit into the Guyana Sports Club (GSC) ground while yelling, "NOT THE GOOGLY!". Walcott was the coach and had instructed him to bowl leg-breaks. Dash decided to "get bad" and try to fool him with the googly - which ended up in GSC!