Reon King

Full name: Reon Dane King
Born: 06 Oct 1975, Goed Fortuin, West Coast Demerara, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm fast
Teams: Guyana U19 (2in: 1993-1995); Demerara (2in: 1999-2006); Demerara (LO: 2000-2004); Guyana (FC: 1996-2007); Guyana (ListA: 1995-2007); West Indies (Test: 1999-2005); West Indies (ODI: 1998-2005); All teams
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Reon King was an athletic fast bowler who could be devastating at times, but who seemed to be too mild-mannered for fast bowling. When fit he bowled with sustained pace and got enough movement into right-handers to make him a difficult proposition, even on unhelpful wickets. His good performances came in isolated spurts, punctuated by periods of injury.

He made his debut for Guyana in the 1993 Northern Telecom Regional Youth Championship, played in the Leewards. Though he was partnered by Colin Stuart, in those days the fast bowlers did little more than remove the sheen from the new ball so that spinners Mahendra Nagamootoo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul could get to work.

Nevertheless Reon's potential was recognized early, as was evident by his selection to the West Indies Under-19 team - and he didn't disappoint. In his third Youth Test, against England Under-19 at Bourda in January 1995, he took 7 for 97 in England's first innings. In October and November 1995 he toured Pakistan with the West Indies Under-19 team and took 5 for 37 in the first innings of the first Test to set West Indies on the road to victory.

He also toured Bangladesh with the West Indies Under-19 team in November 1995. Right after this tour he made his List A debut for Guyana in the 1995 Shell/Sandal regional 50-overs competition. He then made his first class debut for Guyana in January 1996. It was not until April 1997, however, that Reon King showed that he could be outstanding, by taking 7 for 82 in an innings for Guyana against the touring Indian Test team.

He followed his good performance against India with 4 for 47 and 5 for 56 at Sabina Park in May 1997 as Guyana just failed to defeat Jamaica outright, and then with 5 for 43 against the Windwards two weeks later. These good performances caught the eyes of the West indies selectors and in November and December 1997 he toured South Africa with the West Indies A team.

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He enjoyed a successful home season in 1999–2000, taking his first Test five-for against Zimbabwe in Jamaica. Two months later, after setting up a tight win over Pakistan, he and Franklyn Rose seemed almost ready to succeed Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh. But both fell away during the 2000 tour of England, where King was said to be troubled by a heel injury.

An introverted character and a genuine No. 10, King was a forgotten man for four years, until he was recalled for the home series against South Africa in 2004–05, when a raft of leading players were sidelined by a contract dispute.

King was highly effective for the West Indies in One Day Internationals, rising to as high as fourth in the World Rankings in 2000 and finishing his career with 77 wickets at an average of 23.77 and economy of 4.16.

Reon King also represented Marylebone Cricket Club (1999, England), Northerns (2003-2004, South Africa) and Durham (2004, England). He also played for South Northumberland in the North East Premier League.

Batting and Fielding Averages
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 SR Ct
Guyana U19 2in 12 8 2 48 15 8.00 0 0 - 5
West Indies U19 Testy 6 8 3 28 8* 5.60 0 0 - 1
West Indies U19 ODIy 5 3 1 47 26* 23.50 0 0 - 2
Demerara 2in 6 6 3 18 5* 6.00 0 0 - 3
Demerara LO 2 1 1 2 2* - - - - 0
Guyana FC 46 53 18 255 30 7.28 0 0 - 11
All FC 95 116 40 444 30 5.84 0 0 - 16
Guyana List A 51 15 8 54 14* 7.71 0 0 - 8
All List A 125 44 26 129 14* 7.16 0 0 - 14
West Indies Test 19 27 8 66 12* 3.47 0 0 20.68 2
West Indies ODI 50 23 14 65 12* 7.22 0 0 32.01 4
Bowling Averages
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI 10wM SR Econ
Guyana U19 2in 1086 41 468 19 3-46 24.63 - 0 0 57.16 2.59
West Indies U19 Testy 961 30 455 23 7-97 19.78 - 2 0 41.78 2.84
West Indies U19 ODIy 282 5 183 9 4-36 20.33 1 0 - 31.33 3.89
Demerara 2in 594 40 230 13 4-39 17.69 - 0 0 45.69 2.32
Demerara LO 108 2 52 3 2-36 17.33 0 0 - 36.00 2.89
Guyana FC 7785 292 3965 149 7-82 26.61 - 8 1 52.24 3.06
All FC 16120 614 8053 293 7-82 27.48 - 11 1 55.01 2.99
Guyana List A 2280 28 1715 58 3-27 29.56 0 0 - 39.31 4.51
All List A 6102 97 4363 170 4-25 25.66 2 0 - 36.32 4.24
West Indies Test 3442 119 1733 53 5-51 32.69 - 1 0 64.94 3.02
West Indies ODI 2603 41 1807 76 4-25 23.77 2 0 - 34.25 4.16