Sydney Matthews

Full name: Sydney Jackson Matthews  
Born: 22 Jan 1952, Prospect, West Bank Demerara, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Leg-break and googly, Right-arm fast-medium
Teams: Guyana U19 (2in: 1969-1971); Guyana (FC: 1970-1988); Demerara (FC: 1971-1987); Guyana (ListA: 1976-1979); All teams
Relation: Ron Matthews (son);
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Syd Matthews was a promising schoolboy fast bowler, swinging the ball both ways, when he made his debut for the Guyana youth team in 1969, in Trinidad & Tobago. He took 4 for 47 in his very first innings and 5 for 69 in another innings two matches later.

He made his first class debut for the senior Guyana team a few months later, against Jamaica at Sabina Park in 1970. In the summer of 1970, Matthews toured England with the West Indies Youth team, along with Guyanese Gopie Beasmonie and Kennedy Venkasammy. (Tour)

In 1971 Matthews took 7 for 40 in an innings in the annual regional youth competition, and in 1972 he scored a heroic 82 to help Leonard Baichan save Guyana from outright defeat against Jamaica at Sabina Park. He played youth cricket for 3 years and represented the Guyana senior team at the same time.

He first represented Demerara in first class cricket in 1971 and Guyana in List A cricket in 1976. He played for Colne in the Lancashire league in 1977.

Though he bowled quite well in regional youth competition, his performance for the senior team was rather ordinary. His expected "coming of age" in regional senior cricket never took place and Matthews disappeared from regional cricket in 1979, at the age of 27.

This was the time when a series of great West Indies fast bowlers, such as Andy Roberts and Michael Holding, started appearing, following a long barren period.

Matthews re-appeared in regional cricket in 1986, this time as a leg-break googly bowler. This style brought him greater success, including 6 for 76 in an innings, his only five-wicket haul in a single innings in first class cricket, against Trinidad & Tobago at the Queen's Park Oval.

He represented Guyana for another year, with his regional career ending in 1987.

Matthews migrated to the USA, but returned to Guyana briefly to support his son Ron, who made his first class debut for Guyana in 2000.

Batting and Fielding
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Guyana U19 2in 8 9 0 120 39 13.33 0 0 8
Demerara FC 6 7 0 146 30 20.85 0 0 2
Guyana FC 34 40 8 560 82 17.50 0 1 13
All FC 41 48 8 706 82 17.65 0 1 15
Guyana List A 6 6 0 90 51 15.00 0 1 1
Bowling
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Guyana U19 2in 1201 57 512 25 7-40 20.48 - 2 0 48.04 2.56
Demerara FC 736 17 374 11 3-46 34.00 - 0 0 66.91 3.05
Guyana FC 5066 151 2622 67 6-76 39.13 - 1 0 75.61 3.11
All FC 6006 176 3103 79 6-76 39.27 - 1 0 76.02 3.09
Guyana List A 216 0 187 1 1-45 187.00 0 0 - 216.00 5.19