Monte Lynch

Full name: Monte Alan Lynch
Born: 21 May 1958, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm off-break, Right-arm medium pace
Teams: Demerara (FC: 1982); Guyana (FC, ListA: 1983); Surrey (FC, ListA: 1977-1994); Gloucestershire (FC, ListA: 1995-1997); International XI (FC, ListA: 1981); West Indies XI (FC, ListA: 1983/84); England (ListA, ODI: 1988); All teams
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Monte Lynch made his first class and List A debuts in 1977 for English county Surrey, where he was playing for the Surrey Second XI and Surrey Under-25s since 1976. He either opened the batting or batted in the top order.

In Guyana club cricket, Lynch represented West Demerara in the (first division) Case Cup in the early 1980s. He also played for Cornelia Ida, a West Coast Demerara club, in other cricket.

He made his first class debut in West Indies cricket in 1982, for Demerara against Berbice at Albion, scoring 52 in his only innings. He made his first class debut for Guyana in 1983, against the Windwards in Dominica, and scored his only first class half century for Guyana against Barbados at the Kensington Oval the same year.

Monte Lynch made his List A debut for Guyana against the Leewards in 1983, in St Kitts, taking three wickets. In his second List A match for Guyana he scored 129 and took two wickets against Barbados at the Kensington Oval. Though he did not contribute much to the Guyana effort in the final, against Jamaica at Bourda, his contributions no doubt helped Guyana win the regional List A championship that year.

Years later, Lynch described his List A 129 for Guyana against Barbados as the highlight of his career. Said Lynch, "We went there without a hope in hell. I batted No 3 and walked past Tyrone Etwaroo, whose finger had been smashed by Malcolm Marshall and who had got a duck. Two overs later, I watched Faoud Bacchus get his ear split with a short ball.

When I had about 20-odd, Clive Lloyd came to the crease and the third ball from Marshall hit him on the head. It was like a battleground and very verbal. I was in a zone and don’t remember what was happening. When Roger Harper came to the wicket he said he looked at me and could have said anything, but nothing would have registered because I was so fired up."

Lynch played several first class and List A matches for an International XI in Pakistan in 1981. He joined the rebel West Indies XI in apartheid South Africa in 1983 (along with fellow Guyanese Faoud Bacchus, Colin Croft and Alvin Kallicharran), and moved from Surrey to Gloucestershire in 1995, where his first class and List A careers ended in 1997.

The rebel West Indies tour was later described by Lynch as the worst moment of his career. He said, "I did not enjoy the tour one bit. A lot of us did not realise the severity of apartheid. We were ignorant about the real South Africa until we got there, and then it was too late. I was banned for four years."

In 1988 he played three One-Day Internationals for England, ironically against the West Indies. Though England won that series Lynch did not contribute much. Lynch represented the Surrey Second XI from 1976 to 1994 and the Gloucestershire Second XI from 1995 to 1997. He also played for Surrey Under-25s from 1976 to 1980, and the Old England XI from 2003 to 2009.

Since retiring from first class cricket he has continued to play club cricket in Surrey and started his own sports equipment company and cricket coaching, MAL Skills, in 1992. He was also the cricket coach at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford and coach of the Southern Rocks cricket team in Zimbabwe. He also played and coached Old Winstonians in Zimbabwe in the mid-1990s, where he was involved in the progress of Zimbabwe cricketers Tatenda Taibu and Stuart Matsikenyeri.

Lynch has been returning to Guyana regularly in the 2000s to promote Mal Skills and help young cricketers with their game.

In May 2013 he was appointed "Territorial Development Officer" by the Guyana Cricket Board, and was tasked with "the establishment of a secondary school cricket program, supervising the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)/GCB Digicel grassroots and Scotiabank kiddies’ cricket and revamping of the GCB coaching and cricket development programs."

A 96-page book (Monte Lynch, by Jerold Angelus, ISBN ISBN-13: 9786201472648 ) consisting primarily of articles from Wikipedia or other free online articles, has been written about Monte Lynch and published by International Book Marketing Service Ltd on 14 August 2012.

Batting and Fielding
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Demerara FC 1 1 0 52 52 52.00 0 1 3
Guyana FC 5 9 1 169 75 21.12 0 1 4
All FC 359 585 64 18325 172* 35.17 39 88 367
Guyana List A 3 3 0 169 129 56.33 1 0 0
All List A 382 348 41 8486 136 27.64 7 47 147
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Guyana FC 78 3 32 0 0-4 - - 0 0 - 2.46
All FC 2195 69 1398 26 3-6 53.76 - 0 0 84.42 3.82
Guyana List A 72 0 47 5 3-41 9.40 0 0 - 14.40 3.92
All List A 729 9 592 20 3-41 29.60 0 0 - 36.45 4.87