Roy Fredericks

First Class Centuries for Guyana

In Score Team Opponent Date
1 127   641-5d Barbados 28 Feb 1967
2 115   244-5 Barbados 28 Feb 1967
3 128* 300-5d Jamaica 30 Mar 1967
4 121   444-3d Barbados 21 Mar 1970
5 111   314 Combined Islands 03 Mar 1972
6 100* 493-4d New Zealand 30 Mar 1972
7 118   322 Barbados** 02 Feb 1973
8 158   458-8d Australia 31 Mar 1973
9 118   234 Australia 31 Mar 1973
10 105   324 Combined Islands 28 Feb 1974
11 112   393 MCC 14 Mar 1974
12 105* 202-9d MCC 14 Mar 1974
13 250   552-7d Barbados** 21 Mar 1975
14 103   395-9d Trinidad & Tobago 10 Feb 1983
15 217   517-8d Jamaica 03 Mar 1983

**Outside Guyana

Fredericks List A Centuries

No Score Team Match Date
1 105 190-2 West Indies v England 07 Sep 1973
2 119 327-7 Guyana v Leeward Islands 03 May 1980

Photos

05-Mar-1983
Guyana Wins The Shell Shield, 1983

The Guyana team that won the 1983 Shell Shield. Standing (from left): Garfield Charles, Kamal Singh, Monte Lynch, Ray Joseph, Roger Harper, Clyde Butts, White(?) and Derrick Kallicharran. Sitting (from left): Leslaine Lambert, Tyrone Etwaroo, Faoud Bacchus, Clive Lloyd, Roy Fredericks, Andrew Lyght and Milton Pydanna. Fredericks, then Guyana Minister of Sports, scored 217 in his final innings for Guyana.

11-Aug-1976
Pensive Roy Fredericks, 1976

A pensive Roy Fredericks watches the field carefully after dispatching the ball to his favorite point region, sometime in 1976, as evidenced by the moustache.

22-Jun-1976
Roy Fredericks Drives Square, 1976

Roy Fredericks hits out on his way to a century against England, on 22 June 1976.

13-Dec-1975
Fredericks Takes A Break, 1975

Roy Fredericks heads to the pavilion for the tea break, to loud applause from the crowds and players, during his onslaught against Lillee and Thomson at the WACA, on 13 December 1975.

21-Jun-1975
Fredericks Hooks Lillee, 1975

Roy Fredericks hooks the first ball of the innings in the World Cup final from Aussie speed demon Dennis Lillee into the stands, but unfortunately trod on his stumps in the process, on 21 June 1975.

21-Jun-1975
WI 1975 World Cup Squad

The West Indies squad to the 1975 World Cup in England. Standing, left to right: G Grenidge, A Kallicharran, A Roberts, V Richards, K Boyce, V Holder, M Foster(?), C King (?), B Julien. Sitting: L Gibbs, D Murray, C Lloyd, C Walcott (?), R Kanhai and R Fredericks.

14-Jun-1975
Kalli Takes on Lillee 2

Fredericks watches in dismay as Alvin Kallicharran pulls Lillee and is about to be caught for 78, in the preliminary round of the World Cup in England, on 14 June 1975.

09-Aug-1973
Roy Fredericks, 1973

Roy Fredericks sweeps on his way to 150, on 9 August 1973.

01-Jul-1972
Roy Fredericks Bowling, 1972

Roy Fredericks bowling left-arm chinamen and googlies, probably for Glamorgan in the English County Championship in 1972.

28-Feb-1967
Date With Destiny

Roy Fredericks (left) walks out with Joe Solomon to open the batting for Guyana against Barbados in the regional Shell Shield competition on 28 February 1967. He scored a century in each innings and went on to become one of the West Indies most exciting batsmen.

Fredericks First Class Centuries

Inn Score Team Match Date
1 127 641-5d Guyana v Barbados 28 Feb 1967
2 115 244-5 Guyana v Barbados 28 Feb 1967
3 128* 300-5d Guyana v Jamaica 30 Mar 1967
4 136 423-9 West Indians v Queensland 29 Nov 1968
5 116 319-7d West Indians v DH Robins' XI 30 Apr 1969
6 168* 385-1d West Indians v Leicestershire 16 Jul 1969
7 129 397-7 West Indians v Hampshire 19 Jul 1969
8 121 444-3d Guyana v Barbados 21 Mar 1970
9 145* 244-5d Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire 01 May 1971
10 118 280-5 Glamorgan v Kent 14 Aug 1971
11 163 508-4d West Indies v New Zealand 16 Feb 1972
12 111 314 Guyana v Combined Islands 03 Mar 1972
13 100* 493-4d Guyana v New Zealanders 30 Mar 1972
14 119 338-9d Glamorgan v Essex 12 Aug 1972
15 107 183-4d Glamorgan v Surrey 23 Aug 1972
16 228* 346-2d Glamorgan v Northamptonshire 26 Aug 1972
17 126 319 Glamorgan v Middlesex 30 Aug 1972
18 118 322 Guyana v Barbados 02 Feb 1973
19 158 458-8d Guyana v Australians 31 Mar 1973
20 118 234 Guyana v Australians 31 Mar 1973
21 106 217-3d Glamorgan v New Zealanders 16 May 1973
22 122 354-3d West Indians v Hampshire 23 Jun 1973
23 150 327 West Indies v England 09 Aug 1973
24 105 324 Guyana v Combined Islands 28 Feb 1974
25 112 393 Guyana v Marylebone Cricket Club 14 Mar 1974
26 105* 202-9d Guyana v Marylebone Cricket Club 14 Mar 1974
27 202 546-4d West Indians v Indian Universities 11 Nov 1974
28 120 435-8d West Indians v Central Zone 20 Dec 1974
29 100 240 West Indies v India 27 Dec 1974
30 104 604-6d West Indies v India 23 Jan 1975
31 102 306 West Indians v Sri Lanka 07 Feb 1975
32 250 552-7d Guyana v Barbados 21 Mar 1975
33 108 479 West Indians v Western Australia 06 Dec 1975
34 169 585 West Indies v Australia 12 Dec 1975
35 138 241-6 West Indies v England 17 Jun 1976
36 114 257-3 West Indians v Leicestershire 26 Jun 1976
37 109 450 West Indies v England 22 Jul 1976
38 120 316 West Indies v Pakistan 04 Mar 1977
39 103 395-9d Guyana v Trinidad and Tobago 10 Feb 1983
40 217 517-8d Guyana v Jamaica 03 Mar 1983

Test Centuries

No Score Team Opponent Date
1 163 508-4d New Zealand 16 Feb 1972
2 150 327 England** 09 Aug 1973
3 100 240 India** 27 Dec 1974
4 104 604-6d India** 23 Jan 1975
5 169 585 Australia** 12 Dec 1975
6 138 241-6 England** 17 Jun 1976
7 109 450 England** 22 Jul 1976
8 120 316 Pakistan 04 Mar 1977

** Outside West Indies

Roy Fredericks Profile

Full name: Roy Clifton Fredericks
Born: 11 Nov 1942, Blairmont, East Bank Berbice, Guyana
Died: 05 Sep 2000, New York, United States of America
Batting: Left-hand batsman
Bowling: Left-arm off-break & chinaman
Teams: Berbice (FC: 1972); Demerara (FC: 1979); Guyana (FC: 1964-1983); Guyana (ListA: 1977-1983); West Indies (Test: 1968-1977); West Indies (ODI: 1973-1977); Glamorgan (FC, ListA: 1971-1973); All teams
Glamorgan cap: 1971
Wisden Cricketer of the Year: 1974
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Roy Ferdericks was a small but very tough left-handed opening batsman of high class who hit the ball exceptionally hard, an occasional slow left-arm bowler and a brilliant close fielder, especially on the leg-side. He had a tendency to have inspired bursts of form as when he hit two hundreds in a match against MCC for Guyana in 1973/4, a feat he had already achieved against Barbados in 1966/7.

Fredericks was one of a handful of batsmen who distinguished themselves by counter-attacking the great pace bowlers of the 1970s. He is remembered best for his blazing performance at Perth in 1975-76, when he raced to one of the most astonishing of all Test centuries. This series was eventually won 5-1 by Australia, with Lillee and Thomson at full pelt. (Wisden)

But in the second Test, on an incredibly fast WACA pitch, Fredericks took them on in amazing fashion. The harder they banged the ball in, the harder he cut and hooked. Into the second morning, he opened what might have been a diffident reply to Australia's 329: at lunch West Indies were 130 for on off 14 eight-ball overs; the 200 came up in the 22nd. Fredericks went on to reach a hundred from 71 balls and, though he grew tired, turned it into a match-winning 169. (Wisden)

This was merely a distillation of his entire career. "There has," as Mike Selvey wrote, "probably never been a better or more willing exponent of the hook." His most famous single shot was a failure, however: right at the start of the first World Cup final, he hooked a ball from Lillee over long-leg - only to tread on his wicket in the process. (Wisden)

Playing for Guyana

Roy Clinton Fredericks made his first class debut at Bourda in 1964, for Guyana (British Guiana then) against Jamaica, opening the batting and scoring 25. Leslie Amsterdam, his opening partner in that match, scored 110 and Guyana won by an innings. Nothing special, but better than the 11 scored by another debutante in that same match - one Clive Hubert Lloyd, who scored 11.

Fredericks struggled early in his first class career, playing only 6 matches in his first 3 years, with a highest score of 31. Thus, he was lucky to find himself in the Guyana team to oppose Barbados in a Shell Shield match starting on 28 February 1967, at Bourda. Regular opener Stephen Camacho was injured during the pre-match warm-up and the back-up, Romain Etwaroo, had to return to work in distant Berbice after exhausting his leave for the trials.

Fredericks scored a century in each innings (127 and 115) in a match full of drama, and never looked back. He scored another century (128) against Jamaica 3 matches later, and late in the following year (1968) he was in the West Indies party touring Australia and New Zealand.

Fredericks announced his retirement for Guyana in 1983, batted twice, and scored 103 against Trinidad & Tobago and 217 against Jamaica. It was an astonishing way to finish. By then, he was already a junior minister in the Guyana government, with responsibility for youth and sport. (Wisden)

Playing for West Indies

He made his Test debut in the 2nd Test against Australia in 1968, opening and topscoring in the first innings with 76. Fredericks enjoyed moderate in the Test series in Australia but had a poor Test series in New Zealand, at the beginning of 1969. In mid-1969 the West Indies toured England and Fredericks consolidated his position as opener with 3 fifties in the 3-Test series.

A small (about 5ft 6in) left-hander, Fredericks provided half the answer to the conundrum of who should open for West Indies. This had been intractable even when Conrad Hunte was playing, and remained a source of constant change and argument until Gordon Greenidge emerged to join Fredericks in the mid-1970s. He preferred to tilt his cap back, rock on to his left foot and smash the ball hard, but he was capable of playing as a traditional opener. (Wisden)

When West Indies first brought him in, for the 1968 Boxing Day Test at Melbourne after Clive Lloyd was injured, he batted throughout a slightly shortened, bitterly cold opening day while the rest of the batting collapsed around him. With 76 and 47 he emerged with distinction from a drab performance. (Wisden)

This was a period of steep but brief West Indies decline and, though it took him a while to perform as well, Fredericks became an important brick in the rebuilding process. He scored 3 fifties in 6 innings when West Indies lost a series to England (for the last time until 2000) in 1969 but did not score a century until February 1972 against New Zealand at Sabina Park, when his 163 was overshadowed by the double-century from debutant Lawrence Rose. They put on 269. (Wisden)

At Edgbaston in 1973, he scored 150 in patient mode - taking 8 hours and surviving a crisis when he was completely bogged down against Ray Illingworth - and a cautious 138 to ensure the draw when West Indies were unexpectedly up against it in the Lord's Test of 1976. A month later at Headingley, he returned to the attack, scoring 79 before lunch and reaching 109 in 156 minutes. (Wisden)

However, even then he was just doing an opener's job: on that day everyone else really cut loose and West Indies had 437 by the close. Though he scored eight Test hundreds in his 109 innings, this was a low ratio for a player who averaged above 40 - he preferred the blistering fifty. (Wisden)

Other matches

In his 3 years with Glamorgan (1971-1973), Fredericks was less consistent than he was for Guyana but spasmodically magnificent and extremely popular - not least with his opening partner Alan Jones, even though Jones described his calling as "terrible" and suffered from his musical tastes when they roomed together. On an amazing day at Swansea, they put on 330 (Fredericks scored 228 not-out) against Northamptonshire, at the time a record for any Glamorgan wicket; they still lost.

Earlier in his playing days he had generally endeared himself by calling everyone "old chap".

Fredericks toured Zambia with Glamorgan in 1972, where he scored a fifty (54) and 4-54 in an innings. He played for 48 matches for WSC West Indies in Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket from 1977 to 1979, scoring 2 centuries and 9 fifties, with a highest score of 110 and average of 30.92. He also took 19 catches and 5 wickets at an average of 30.80.

Later years

Fredericks remained attached to the Guyana government after retiring from first class cricket, but later concentrated on coaching. By then, openers around the world were batting in anonymous helmets. He was one of the last players who not only relished facing the best bowlers but looked as though he did. (Wisden)

In April 1999 Roy Fredericks was inducted into the Guyana Cricket Board Hall of Fame at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground, in Guyana.

Roy Fredericks died of throat cancer on September 5, 2000, aged 57. (Wisden)

Batting and Fielding (06 Sep 2012)
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Berbice FC 1 2 0 80 62 40.00 0 1 0
Demerara FC 1 0 - - - - - - -
Guyana FC 47 79 8 4532 250 63.83 15 22 35
All FC 223 391 34 16384 250 45.89 40 50 177
Guyana ListA 6 6 0 187 119 31.16 1 0 1
All ListA 68 68 0 1644 119 24.17 2 9 33
West Indies Test 59 109 7 4334 169 42.49 8 26 62
West Indies ODI 12 12 0 311 105 25.91 1 1 4
Bowling (06 Sep 2012)
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Berbice FC 168 4 108 7 4-48 15.42 0 0 24.00 3.86
Guyana FC 1406 43 793 19 4-36 41.74 0 0 74.00 3.38
All FC 5295 172 2846 75 4-36 37.94 0 0 70.60 3.22
Guyana ListA 78 2 45 1 1-27 45.00 0 0 78.00 3.46
All ListA 178 3 116 7 3-5 16.57 0 - 25.42 3.91
West Indies Test 1187 41 548 7 1-12 78.28 0 0 169.57 2.77
West Indies ODI 10 0 10 2 2-10 5.00 0 0 5.00 6.00