Andrew Lyght

Full name: Andrew Augustus Lyght
Born: 21 Jul 1956, Georgetown, Guyana
Died: 16 Apr 2001, Georgetown, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Fielding: Occasional wicket-keeper
Teams: Guyana U19 (2in: 1975-1977); West Indies U19 (Testy: 1976); West Indies U19 (ODIy: 1976); Demerara (FC: 1976-1987); Guyana (FC: 1977-1988); Guyana (ListA: 1980-1986); All teams
Club: Demerara Cricket Club
Relation: William Whyte (Cousin)
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

A fearless opening batsman, Andrew 'Monster' Lyght was described by his contemporaries as being the best opener in the West Indies in his time, apart from Greenidge and Haynes. His opening partner Clayton Lambert said Lyght gave his batting partners confidence. Lyght woke up at 6 am and shadow-batted in preparation for the day's play and was always willing to take first strike, regardless of batting conditions.

It was said that he would wake up fast bowlers early in the morning and remind them that they had to bowl to him later in the day. Despite his unkind disposition to fast bowlers, however, Lyght was always willing to share his experience with young players.

The Demerara Cricket Club opening batsman represented the Guyana Under-19 team from 1975 to 1977 and made his first class debut in 1976, for Demerara. He made an inauspicious first class debut for Guyana in 1977 and was dropped until 1980, when he also made his List A debut. His luck was no better in 1980 and he was dropped again, until 1982.

He scored his first regional first class century, 103 against Barbados, at Bourda in 1982. In January 1983 he scored 94 and 100 in the same match, against the Leewards at Grove Park. One week later, he scored 112 and 53 in the same match, against Barbados at the Kensington Oval, with young Malcolm Marshall proving to be a handful for Guyana.

Later in 1983, Lyght toured Zimbabwe with the Young West Indies team, scoring a century (114) and 2 fifties. He also played League cricket in the United Kingdom from 1982 to 1987.

In the 1990's Lyght was diagnosed with cancer. A frail-looking Lyght returned Guyana, but continued playing first division matches for the Demerara Cricket Club. He took up Rastafarianism and was convinced that the use of herbs in the late 1990s prolonged his life. He continued working hard on his fitness, training in the hot sun because "cricket was not played in the early mornings or at nights".

On 16 April 2001, he lost his battle with cancer at the age of 44.

In 2012, the New-York-based Friends of Former Guyana Cricketers held several fundraising matches in Guyana to both celebrate the life of Andrew Lyght and to assist his family in Guyana financially. His son, Andrew Lyght junior, played semi-professional cricket in Trinidad and represented Demerara at the senior level.

Batting and Fielding Averages
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Guyana U19 2in 8 15 3 318 104 26.50 1 0 7
West Indies U19 Testy 1 2 0 35 31 17.50 0 0 1
West Indies U19 ODIy 1 1 0 20 20 20.00 0 0 0
Demerara FC 10 17 0 364 104 21.41 1 1 9
Guyana FC 26 47 2 1548 122 34.40 4 6 15
All FC 38 68 2 2112 122 32.00 6 8 26
Guyana List A 13 13 0 352 98 27.07 0 3 4
All List A 17 17 0 370 98 21.76 0 3 4
Bowling Averages
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI 10wM SR Econ
Guyana U19 2in 30 0 18 0 0/18   - 0 0   3.60
Guyana FC 36 1 18 0 0/4   -       3.00
Guyana List A 91 0 81 4 2/44 20.25 0 0 - 22.75 5.35
All List A 97 0 94 4 2/44 23.50 0 0 - 24.25 5.81