Sew Shivnarine

Full name: Sewdat Shivnarine
Born: 13 May 1952, Albion, Berbice, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Slow left-arm orthodox
Teams: Guyana (FC: 1971-1981); Berbice (FC: 1971-1979); Guyana (ListA: 1977-1981); West Indies (Test: 1978-1979); West Indies (ODI: 1978); All teams
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Sew Shivnarine, an attacking batsman and left-arm leg spinner, was the first cricketer from Albion to play Test cricket. He was an excellent fieldsman and a permanent fixture in the Berbice and Guyana teams, bringing some stability to the middle-to-lower order batting.

In early 1976, Shivnarine excelled in national trials in Georgetown with both bat and ball, but was surprisingly omitted from the Guyana team. The Selection Committee apparently selected the team without its Berbice members, a day before the scheduled meeting. The Berbice Cricket Board threatened to withdraw the Berbice players, after which the matter was resolved by including Shivnarine in the Guyana team.

Shivnarine justified his selection by serving Guyana well, as a leg-spinner at first. His batting improved in leaps and bounds, as he showed a flair for attacking bowling of any kind, and making big scores.

In 1978, Shivnarine toured St Croix (US Virgin Islands) with a representative Berbice team, at the invitation of the St. Croix Cricket Board. The team was captained by Romain Etwaroo and included the top Berbice players, and Lance Gibbs as a guest player.

In 1978, the majority of the current West Indies Test players quit the Test team halfway through the Australian tour of the West Indies, to take up lucrative contacts with Australian TV mogul Kerry Packer, who was setting up alternative national teams to break the Australia Cricket Board monopoly hold on TV broadcasting rights for the Australian cricket.

With the next Test scheduled for Georgetown, the West Indies Cricket Board selected a brand new team, including Shivnarine, under Alvin Kallicharran's captaincy. At 25 years of age, Shivnarine launched his Test career in fine style with defiant fifties in each innings of his first Test. He went on to play seven more Tests, with the last in Kanpur, India, in February 1979.

Shivnarine continued playing for Guyana until 1981, after which he migrated to the United States. He went on to captain the US national team for some ten years, before stepping down to concentrate on helping New York’s young cricketers, while serving as coach or manager of teams within the New York tri-state area. He continued to play club cricket in the New York area, captaining clubs such as Vikings and Golden Arrow in the Eastern American Cricket Association league.

In December 2009 the main pavilion at the Albion Community Centre ground was renamed the Sew Shivnarine Pavilion. At the naming ceremony, Shivnarine noted that to play Test cricket was a dream that came true for a little boy who dared to dream. In September 2012 he ws inducted into the Berbice Cricket Board Hall of Fame.

Batting and Fielding
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 SRate Ct
Berbice FC 7 11 5 338 82 56.33 0 2 - 7
Guyana FC 27 41 1 1004 101 25.10 1 7 - 18
All FC 49 78 11 2182 131* 32.56 3 14 - 36
Guyana List A 9 8 0 127 46 15.87 0 0 - 6
All List A 13 12 1 206 46 18.72 0 0 - 6
West Indies Test 8 14 1 379 63 29.15 0 4 - 6
West Indies ODI 1 1 1 20 20* - 0 0 46.51 0
Bowling
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Berbice FC 888 36 364 10 3-63 36.40 - 0 0 88.80 2.46
Guyana FC 4032 176 1727 51 4-29 33.86 - 0 0 79.06 2.57
All FC 5628 231 2449 67 4-29 36.55 - 0 0 84.00 2.61
Guyana List A 379 10 246 7 2-25 35.14 0 0 - 54.14 3.89
All List A 445 11 288 9 2-25 32.00 0 0 - 49.44 3.88
West Indies Test 336 10 167 1 1-13 167.00 - 0 0 336.00 2.98
West Indies ODI 18 0 16 0 0-16 - 0 0 - - 5.33