Clayton Lambert

Full name: Clayton Benjamin Lambert
Born: 10 Feb 1962, Islington, West Bank Berbice, Guyana
Batting: Left-hand batsman
Fielding: Right-arm off-break, occasional wicketkeeper
Teams: Guyana U19 (2in: 1979-1981); Berbice (FC: 1983-1988); Guyana (FC: 1984-1999); Guyana (ListA: 1985-1998); West Indies (Test: 1991, 1998); West Indies (ODI: 1990-1991, 1998); Northern Transvaal (FC, ListA: 1993-1996); USA (FC, ODI: 2004); USA (ListA: 2004-2005); All teams
Club: Bermine Sports Club, New Amsterdam, Berbice
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Clayton Lambert made his debut for Guyana in the 1979 Benson & Hedges Regional Youth Tournament, being played in Guyana. He scored 77 in his very first innings to set off a busy career spanning 3 continents. He made an ordinary first class debut for Berbice against Demerara in 1983, but scored 52 and 49 in his first class debut for Guyana, against the Windwards at Bourda in 1984. In his second match he scored 123, the first of his 14 centuries for Guyana, against the Leewards, at Albion, Berbice. This was followed by 68 not out in his third match, against Barbados at Bourda, which Guyana won by 9 wickets.

His List A career for Guyana started off well enough when he scored 54 against Barbados, in Barbados. By 1991, however, Clayton Lambert had scored 6 first class and 1 List A centuries for Guyana but they were all made at home. This changed when he scored 116 for the touring West Indies against Essex, which earned him his first Test appearance in August 1991. He scored 39 and 14 on his Test debut, in the 5th Test against England, played at the Kennington Oval in Surrey, a match that West Indies lost by 5 wickets.

Though he did not keep his spot in the Test team he continued playing for Guyana in regional tournaments, scoring 144 in 1992 at Guaracara Park in Trinidad, his first regional century outside of Guyana. This was followed by 125 against the Windwards in St Lucia, a match that Guyana won by an innings. In February 1993, however, he made his highest ever first class score, a monumental 263 not out at Skeldon (Berbice), again against the Windwards, Guyana winning by an innings again.

Despite good regional performances, however, Clayton Lambert did not regain his Test place, and he left to play for Northern Transvaal in South Africa at the end of 1993. Returning to the West Indies in 1996 he scored 5 more centuries for Guyana (4 first class and 1 List A) before regaining his Test spot in March 1998 in the 5th Test against England, in Barbados. He scored 55 and 29, then 109 in the 6th Test in Antigua, which West Indies won by an innings.

These performances were enough to ensure that Clayton Lambert retained his place in the Test team for the tour to South Africa at the end of 1998. Scores of 8 and 33 in the 1st Test and 0 and 2 in the 2nd caused him to lose his Test place again, this time for good. After scoring one more century for Guyana, 102 against the Windwards in St Vincent, Clayton Lambert's long career for Guyana finally ended in February 1999.

Clayton Lambert scored the most centuries by an individual player for Guyana - 14. His 263 not out is the 3rd highest individual score for Guyana, after 303 not out by Shivnarine Chanderpaul and 268 by HP Bayley.

Clayton Lambert now plays for the Atlanta Lions in the Atlanta Georgia Cricket Conference, in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). He is also the coach of the United States Cricket Team.

Batting and Fielding Averages
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 SR Ct
Guyana U19 2in 7 11 0 379 95 34.45 0 2 - 4
Berbice FC 6 8 0 289 104 36.12 1 1 - 7
Guyana FC 61 108 12 4680 263* 48.75 14 22 - 88
All FC 120 213 17 8405 263* 42.88 22 37 - 158
Guyana List A 39 39 4 1330 151 38.00 2 8 - 24
All List A 91 90 8 2624 151 32.00 4 14 - 39
West Indies Test 5 9 0 284 104 31.55 1 1 40.22 8
West Indies ODI 11 11 0 368 119 33.45 1 2 80.70 0
All ODI 12 12 0 407 119 33.91 1 2 75.37 0
Bowling Averages
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI 10wM SR Econ
Guyana U19 2in 330 16 107 4 2/8 26.75 - 0 0 82.50 1.95
Berbice FC 48 3 10 0 - - - 0 0 - 1.25
Guyana FC 87 0 64 1 1/21 64.00 - 0 0 87.00 4.41
All FC 475 11 235 7 2/33 33.57 - 0 0 67.85 2.96
Guyana List A 90 1 68 2 2/30 34.00 0 0 - 45.00 4.53
All List A 426 4 357 7 2/30 51.00 0 0 - 60.85 5.02
West Indies Test 10 0 5 1 1/4 5.00 - 0 0 10.00 3.00
West Indies ODI 12 0 8 0 0/8 - - 0 0 - 4.00
All ODI 72 0 74 0 0/8 - - 0 0 - 6.16