Neil McGarrell

Full name: Neil Christopher McGarrell
Born: 12 Jul 1972, Georgetown, Demerara, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Slow left-arm orthodox
Teams: Demerara (Var: 1999-2006); Guyana (FC: 1996-2006); Guyana (ListA: 1995-2007); Guyana (T20: 2006-2008); West Indies (Test: 2001); West Indies (ODI: 1998-2001); All teams
Club: -
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Neil McGarrell, nicknamed "Beast" by fellow players and fans, was an economical slow left arm bowler and useful batsman. His quickness and sure hands make him a dangerous fielder, especially close to the wicket. He earned the nickname "Beast" through his willingness to undergo any amount of hardship, such as bowling very long spells while fielding all day, for the benefit of his team.

After his first class debut for Guyana in 1996, McGarrell took 11 wickets in a match against Trinidad & Tobago, at the Queen's Park Oval, in February 1997. In February 1998 he took 7 for 71 in the first innings of a match against an England XI at Bourda, for which he received very high praise from the England team management. In March 1998 he 10 wickets against Trinidad & Tobago again, this time at Enmore, in Guyana.

In April 1998, McGarrell made his ODI debut for the West Indies, in the fifth ODI against England at Queen's Park Oval. Though his bowling (10-0-46-1) was not spectacular, he effected three run outs and took a catch to help West Indies win the match.

In November 1998 McGarrell toured Bangladesh and India with West Indies A. After the Bangladesh leg of the tour, he enjoyed considerable success with the ball and made useful scores in India. He then toured South Africa with the West Indies in January 1989, playing four ODI matches. His contributions were steady, but not spectacular.

McGarrell's willingness to do anything for his team was fully demonstrated in Antigua in 2000, when he opened the batting in the second innings against an attack that included a fired-up Curtly Ambrose, after regular opener Nicholas de Groot was injured in the first innings. McGarrell scored 54 and led Guyana to a come-from-behind victory by 2 wickets.

After being on the brink of Test selection for some time, McGarrell made his debut for the West Indies, a rather remarkable one, in the fourth Test against South Africa in Antigua in April 2001. Like John Trim many years before, his Test career was productive but inexplicably short, taking over 4 wickets per Test. His entire Test career consisted of four Tests, all in 2001.

In April and May 2001 he played five more ODIs against South Africa, in the West Indies. In July he played a single ODI against India in Zimbabwe and then toured Kenya with West Indies in August 2001, playing three more ODIs. In December 2001 he toured Sri Lanka with the West Indies, playing a single ODI against Zimbabwe and two against Sri Lanka. In all of these his performances were good without being spectacular.

In December 2003 he was appointed Guyana's captain, a role he filled in short spells when regular captain Carl Hooper or Shivnarine Chanderpaul was away on West Indies duty. Consistently ignored by the West Indies selectors since 2001, McGarrell looked to the United States for more opportunities to play international cricket.

He continued playing first-class cricket and Twenry20 cricket for Guyana until 2008, after which he moved to the United States. McGarrell also represented Church Cricket Club in the Lancashire League and Blaydon Cricket Club in the North East Premier League.

Batting and Fielding
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 SRate Ct
Demerara Var 14 17 5 302 71* 25.16 0 1 - 9
All FC 84 116 17 2127 88 21.48 0 12 - 91
All List A 88 56 23 698 51* 21.15 0 1 - 30
Guyana T20 7 2 0 1 1 0.50 0 0 33.33 6
West Indies Test 4 6 2 61 33 15.25 0 0 28.37 2
West Indies ODI 17 10 2 60 19 7.50 0 0 61.22 9
Bowling
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Demerara Var 2015 130 611 48 6-18 13.00 1 4 1 41.98 1.82
All FC 20546 1052 7252 276 7-71 26.27 - 12 3 74.44 2.11
All List A 4337 72 2822 94 5-20 30.02 1 1 - 47.14 3.84
Guyana T20 162 2 207 8 2-6 25.87 0 0 - 20.25 7.66
West Indies Test 1212 65 453 17 4-23 26.64 - 0 0 71.29 2.24
West Indies ODI 859 2 681 15 3-32 45.40 0 0 - 57.26 4.75