Winston Alfred English
Winston English was born in Georgetown, Guyana and represented the County of Demerara, and later Guyana in the Caribbean Shell Shield tournaments, playing under the captaincy of Lance Gibbs and alongside notable Guyana cricket stars such as Rohan Kanhai, Roy Fredericks, Basil Butcher, Alvin Kallicharran, and others.
One of Winston English’s most memorable matches was his first class debut in the 1967 Shell Shield where he had match figures of 39.4-9-111-4 against Barbados. His wickets included Sobers (clean bowled) who made 165, David Holford, 80, and Seymour Nurse, for a duck. The match ended drawn, as Guyana made 641 for 5 declared and 244 for 5, and Barbados replied with 552 all out in their first innings.
He soon formed a potent new ball combination for Guyana with Randolph Ramnarace, the Berbice right-arm swing bowler. His fine pace bowling and a couple of half centuries in the lower order earned him a place in the West Indies President's XI team that opposed the touring MCC team in 1968, in which he performed creditably.
While in Guyana, Winston English also represented the Guyana Police Force in first division cricket. A very tidy and economical left-arm fast bowler, he was capable of swinging the ball both ways. English was no slouch with the willow scoring a century and several 50s while batting right-hand for Guyana at the lower end of a very richly talented upper batting order.
In 1969 he played a couple of Second XI matches for English county Lancashire, doing quite well with the ball. He also represented Haslingden in the Lancashire League in 1969 and 1970.
After migrating to the USA in the early 70s, Winston English joined fellow Guyana Police Force fast bowler Keith Cameron and Carlyle Miller on the Atlantis Cricket Club squad, and on several occasions spearheaded a very formidable bowling attack that helped Atlantis to win several championships in the then Long Island Cricket League.