Romain Etwaroo

Full name: Romain Etwaroo  
Born: 16 Dec 1946, Port Mourant, Berbice, Guyana
Batting: Left-hand batsman
Bowling: Slow left-arm orthodox
Relations: Brother: R Etwaroo; Brother: TR Etwaroo; Uncle: RB Kanhai
Teams: Berbice (FC: 1971-1981); Guyana (FC: 1973-1978); Guyana (ListA: 1976-1977); All teams
School: Berbice High School (Berbice)
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Romain Etwaroo came into prominence in the early 1960s with a brilliant century for Berbice High School (BHS) against arch-rivals Berbice Educational Institute (BEI) in the Firestone Cup – symbol of secondary schools cricket supremacy in Berbice. He was the most neatly dressed player; always in immaculate white, and wearing a white handkerchief around his neck, like his legendary uncle, Rohan Kanhai.

Around the mid-1960s the first-ever schoolboys cricket tournament between Berbice and Demerara was organised, with the first match played at the YMCA ground, Georgetown. Romain Etwaroo played brilliant knock of 82 was the talk of the town in cricket circles.

After a successful “apprenticeship” in youth cricket Romain became a member of the Port Mourant  senior team. He made his first class debut for Berbice against Demerara in the 1966 inter-county Jones Cup final at Bourda, on his 21st birthday. A year later he was invited to the national trials in preparation for the regional Shell Shield cricket tournament and amassed over three hundred runs, which made him a top standby batsman for an opening spot.

As fate would have it one of the regular opening batsmen, Steve Comacho, was injured hours before the game against Barbados, and Romain Etwaroo was summoned to replace him. Romain, however, had to return to Berbice earlier that day because his employer would not give him any more time off! Unable to find Etwaroo, the selectors turned to Roy Fredericks, who grasped the opportunity with both hands, scoring a century in each innings in the match.

Fredericks cemented his spot in the Guyana team and Romain Etwaroo had to wait for 7 years before making his first class debut for Guyana. Five of those years were spent in the United States of America, where Romain majored in Biology, and played no cricket. On debut for Guyana, however, Romain scored an exuberant 118 against Barbados.

After returning home from college in the United States, Romain enjoyed his best first division season ever, scoring his first century in the Davson Cup and setting a record first wicket partnership of 299 against No, 59 Village with Isaac Seunarine. Another century (121) against Rose Hall Welfare Center followed, and there was a third, a dazzling 181 against Police near the end ofthe competition. Though his aggregate at the end of the season was over 900 runs, however, he just missed out beating Leslie Amsterdam’s 1000 runs in a season.

Romain Etwaroo later broke his own record for the first wicket when he and Gopie Beasmonie put on 333  for the first wicket, against Police. He scored more Berbice first division centuries, a total of 20 in his career, than any other player . His greatest moment in Berbice cricket came in 1973 when he scored 302 against Skeldon, eclipsing the previous highest score of 234 not out made by Joe Sukwah, almost 10 years before. His was the fourth triple century in Guyana cricket, after Khalil Rohoman 319 (1936), Peter Bayley 322 (1942), and Robert Roopnarine 327 not out  (1963). After Etwaroo, David Harper made 308 in 1985.

Romain Etwaroo and Leonard Baichan proved an ideal opening pair in the 1973 President’s Cup between Berbice and Demerara at Bourda when they added one hundred and over in both innings. In 1976, Romain led the Berbice side to victory over Demerara to regain the prestigious Jones Cup, after an absence of thirteen long years, a victory in which, Etwaroo cherished most of all and one he regards as revenge as its sweetest.

Etwaroo’s mum, Rachel (Rohan Kanhai's sister) strongly supported the cricketing activities of Romain and her other sons  Ranjie, Randolph, Reggie and Tyrone. The soft spoken Romain who was also deputy headmaster of Bush Lot Secondary School, Corentyne,  was also an astute captain and outstanding fielder, with a safe pair of hands.  (Based on an article by Shan Razack)

 

Batting and Fielding Averages
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Berbice FC 11 14 1 585 100 45.00 1 4 4
Guyana FC 13 21 2 668 118 35.15 2 2 3
All FC 24 35 3 1253 118 39.15 3 6 7
Guyana ListA 2 2 2 2 1* - 0 0 0
Bowling Averages
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM SR Econ
Berbice FC 24 2 5 0 0/5 - 0 0 - 1.25
Guyana FC 6 0 5 0 0/5 - 0 0 - 5.00
All FC 30 2 10 0 0/5         2.00