John Trim

Full name: John Trim
Born: 25 Jan 1915, Skeldon, Berbice, Guyana
Died: 12 Nov 1960, New Amsterdam, West Bank, Berbice, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm fast
Teams: Berbice (2in: 1942-1948); Guyana (FC: 1944-1953); West Indies (Test: 1948-1952); All teams
Club: Fort Canje Mental Hospital,  Port Mourant Cricket Club
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

John Trim was a strongly-built right-arm fast bowler who played with distinction for Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies between 1942 and 1953. Hailing from distant Berbice county, his selection for the Guyana team was remarkable, because the Guyana selectors showed little interest in players outside of Georgetown in those days.

He dominated at the club level in the ‘Ancient County’ playing primarily for the Fort Canje Mental Hospital alongside colleagues such as Rex Ramnarace (Sr), Cyril Plummer and John Nestor.

He made his first-class debut for British Guiana in Trinidad & Tobago in the regional tournament in 1944 and represented the national side against Gubby Allen’s MCC team at Bourda in 1948. Trim bowled with great hostility and control to capture 4-68 and 5-36 and was promptly chosen to play for the West Indies in the third Test, at Bourda. At age 33, Trim became the first Bribician to play Tst cricket for the West Indies.

In a match the West Indies won handsomely by 7 wickets to take a 1-nil lead in the four-match series, Trim had a decent debut, taking 2 wickets for 6 runs off 10 overs in the first innings and 1 for 38 in the second. Despite this, however, He was omitted for the fourth and final Test in Jamaica but was a part of the squad to India for the inaugural Test series between the two teams in 1948-49.

Trim was omitted for the first three Tests at Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta, which were drawn, but was included for the fourth and fifth Tests at Madras and Bombay again. At Madras the West Indies team won emphatically by an innings and 193 runs after scoring a massive 582 and dismissing India 245 and 144, with Trim taking 7-76 in the match. He was said to be popular with Indian fans, in part because he knew some Hindi.

Trim missed the historical tour to England in 1950 but toured Australia and New Zealand in 1951-52, where he played in the fourth Test in Melbourne only. Though he had his best innings haul of 5-34, Australia scraped home to win by one wicket. By this time he was approaching his 37th birthday and was not selected for any further Tests.

John Trim died in the New Amsterdam public hospital in British Guiana on November 12, 1960, aged 45. Through his career he showed that Berbice was capable of producing cricketers of the highest calibre, as was soon substantiated by players like Rohan Kanhai, Basil Butcher, and others. In 2008 he was inducted into the Berbice Cricket Board Hall of Fame.

Batting and Fielding Averages
Team Format Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Guyana FC 15 27 7 277 78* 13.85 0 1   9 0
All FC 34 43 10 386 78* 11.69 0 1   17 0
West Indies Test 4 5 1 21 12 5.25 0 0 0 2 0
Bowling Averages
Team Format Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Guyana FC 15   2840 1614 38 5/36 9/104 42.47 3.41 74.74   1 0
All FC 34   5898 2881 96 7/80   30.01 2.93 61.4   4 1
West Indies Test 4 8 794 291 18 5/34 7/76 16.16 2.19 44.1 1 1 0