Stephen Camacho

Full name: George Stephen Camacho
Born: 15 Oct 1945, Georgetown, Demerara, Guyana
Died: 02 Oct 2015, Antigua
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Leg-break and googly
Relations: Father: GA Camacho; Grandfather: GC Learmond; Uncle: AAM Learmond
Teams: Demerara (FC: 1971-1978); Guyana (FC: 1965-1979); Guyana (ListA: 1973-1978); West Indies (Test: 1968-1971); All teams
Club: Georgetown Cricket Club
School: St Stanislaus College
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Steve Camacho came from a solid cricketing background (his grandfather, GC Learmond, played first-class cricket for Barbados and Trinidad) and was a decent Test opener and a pioneer in West Indies cricket administration. He was the first full-time employee of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and was at various stages secretary, chief executive and a Test selector.

As a schoolboy, Stephen Camacho represented St Stanislaus College, in Georgetown, for five years and in his last year at school was Captain of cricket. He played for the Guyana Colts against Australia in Georgetown in 1965 and hit a brilliant 157.

A classic and bespectacled batsman, Camacho's single weakness - his uncontrolled hooking of bodyline bouncers - was probably responsible for his limited success at the highest levels. Also prone to injuries, he hurt himself in the pre-match warm-up for Guyana against Barbados at Bourda in 1967, which allowed Roy Fredericks to establish himself as the Guyana, and later West Indies, preferred opener for years to come.

in 1965, Camacho made his first class debut for Guyana against Australia, at Bourda. He represented Guyana in the entire 1966 Shell Shield tournament, scoring a century against Trinidad & Tobago in Port-of-Spain on his regional debut. The aforementioned injury kept him out of all but one Shell Shield match in 1967, in which he scored 66 in difficult conditions in Grenada to help Guyana defeat the Windwards.

In early 1968, before the start of Shell Shield season, he represented the President's XI against the MCC in Barbados. Opening with Geoffrey Greenidge, he made 85 and earned a place as an opening batsman in the West Indies team. He played in all five Test matches against the MCC in the West Indies in 1968, scoring 328 runs for an average of 32.80, with a highest score of 87 in Trinidad.

Camacho toured Australia with the West Indies in 1968 / 1969 and opened in the first two Tests after a century and half century against New South Wales and Victoria respectively. Mediocre performances, however, caused him to be lose his place to Joey Carew. It did not help his cause either when Roy Fredericks made a noteworthy Test debut in the second Test.

Camacho's poor form continued into the 1969 New Zealand series that followed immediately after the Australian tour, and he was not selected for any of the New Zealand Tests. He returned to Test cricket, however, with good performances in the second and third Tests on the West Indies tour of England in the summer of 1969. He was also part of the West Indies team that was dismissed by Ireland for 25.

West Indies did not play any Test matches in 1970, amidst the international turmoil surrounding sporting contact with South Africa. India toured the West Indies in early 1971 and Camacho opened in the first two Tests. After poor performances he lost his Test place, to Joey Carew, again.

After good Shell Shield seasons in 1972 and 1973 Camacho returned to the West Indies team for the tour of England in the summer of 1973. This time though, his tour was cut short on 26 June in the tour match against Hampshire, after being struck by a short ball from West Indian Andy Roberts, who was trying out for the county.

His Test career had ended after a total of 11 Tests, his sober style perfectly complementing the expansive batsmanship of his opening partners Roy Fredericks and Seymour Nurse.

His injury in 1973 kept him out of regional cricket until the 1975 Shell Shield tournament. With most of the top Guyana batsmen away on West Indies duty, Camacho continued playing for Guyana until 1979, as a new crop of outstanding Guyana batsmen, including Bacchus and Baichan, started to mature.

Stephen Camacho also played 6 List A (50-overs per side) matches, making his List A debut for West Indies against Warwickshire in England in 1969, and scoring his only half century (51) in this match.

After retirement in 1979, Camacho embarked on a long and distinguished career serving West Indies cricket, first as a selector then secretary and later as chief executive of the WICB. In 2000 Camacho retired as WICB chief executive. In August 2003, Camacho was nominated by the Guyana Cricket Board for the post of WICB president, which became vacant when Wes Hall retired (because of ill health) after holding the post for two years.

Stephen Camacho was the author of a 112-page hardback book (ISBN 13: 9789769507586; ISBN 10: 976950758X) named "Cricket at Bourda: Celebrating the Georgetown Cricket Club", which was published on 01 January 2007 by Sheik Hassan Printery.

Batting and Fielding
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Demerara FC 4 5 0 351 166 70.20 2 0 7
Guyana FC 35 53 4 1758 144 35.88 3 14 17
All FC 76 125 8 4079 166 34.86 7 24 47
Guyana List A 5 4 1 35 13 11.66 0 0 0
All List A 6 5 1 86 51 21.50 0 1 0
West Indies Test 11 22 0 640 87 29.09 0 4 4
Bowling
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Demerara FC 78 2 29 0 - - - 0 0 - 2.23
Guyana FC 276 13 100 6 3-10 16.67 - 0 0 46.00 2.17
All FC 504 19 216 8 3-10 27.00 - 0 0 63.00 2.57
West Indies Test 18 1 12 0 0-12 - - 0 0 - 4.00