An unknown Trinidadian to the top local domestic cricket stage sent me searching long, hard and deep through my treasured records and statistics earlier this week.
The search was well worth it.
Terrance Hinds, a 25-year-old fast bowling all-rounder appearing in his first ever Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Elite division three-day Championship match for Massy United Insurance Wildey against CounterPoint Wanderers at the SJPP ground in the opening series, became the first player in virtually four decades to score a century and take five wickets in an innings on debut in the major league.
Terrance who? That was the question on the tongues of cricket fans ever since the reports of Hinds’ feat were aired on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation’s Sports Express on 94.7 FM (900 A.M.) on Saturday and Sunday.
It led to his name being googled and some fans even wondering if he had been plucked from a team in the Barbados Cricket League domestic competition.
With rain having forced a washout of play on the opening day, Wanderers, captained by West Indies Test opener and vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite, were bowled out for 207 off 59.1 overs after they were sent in on Day 2. Wildey closed on 77 for one off 18 overs.
Coming on as first change, Hinds grabbed five for 45 off 15.1 overs. His victims were opener Shayne Moseley (31), Rey Matthews (33), John Banfield (three), Jamar Trotman (one) and Dawayne Sealy (eight).
Wildey went on to amass 413 for five off 85 overs with Hinds slamming an unbeaten 107 in 90 minutes off only 49 balls including seven fours and ten sixes (88 runs in boundaries), at No. 6.
Skipper Aaron Jones topscored with 131 in 290 minutes off 216 balls, striking 11 fours and two sixes.
So devastating and dominant was Hinds that he scored 83 of a fifth wicket partnership of 133 in just 14 overs with Jones, whose contribution was 42.
Terrance Byron Fabian Hinds was born on January 23, 1992. He lived in Laventille before moving to Tacarigua at the age of nine. He now resides at Piarco for the last seven years.
Hinds was educated at Barataria North and St. Augustine Secondary. In Trinidad, he has represented Santa Cruz Cricket Club (Division 2), Seenaths Auto Bamboo Sports Club (Division 1) and Queen’s Park Cricket Club (Division 1).
Though I knew there were several instances of players scoring a hundred and taking five wickets in an innings in the same match, there was no question that it would be very rare for the achievement to be attained by a player on debut at the highest level of local domestic competition.
This is the 37th year that I have been compiling statistics for the major BCA Championship, which was rebranded from First to Elite division in 2012 after more than a century.
And during my research, to have found that at least three players – Henderson Bryan, Stanton Proverbs and Ryan Hinds – have twice scored a century and taken five wickets in an innings, really gripped me.
Bryan, a former Barbados fast bowling all-rounder who also represented West Indies in One-Day Internationals, first achieved the feat for Wanderers against Pickwick at Kensington Oval in 1998 when he slammed 163 not out (the highest individual score for the season) and took five for 44.
The next season, against YMPC at Dayrells Road, he made two and 101, and had figures of five for 38 and none for ten.
Proverbs, a former Barbados batsman and handy off-spinner, made his mark in 1994 for Police (149 not out, and 3-28 and 5-27) v Combined Schools South at Weymouth and again in 2003 against Banks (now Wildey) at The Brewery (103 and nought, and 6-93).
Ryan Hinds, a former Barbados captain and West Indies all-rounder, who bats left-handed and bowls left-arm spin, stood out for Pickwick against Banks at The Brewery in 2001 (nought and 151 not out, and 6-67), and in 2004 for Empire against Maple at Bank Hall (100 not out, and three for 41 and six for 35).
But unquestionably the most outstanding all-round showing in the decades under review came from Martin Nurse for Wanderers against St. Catherine at Dayrells Road in 2009.
Former Barbados player Nurse, a strongly-built left-handed opening batsman who bowled stiff, right-arm medium-pace, slammed an unbeaten 209 and 48, and took five for 77 and five for 26 in what was a drawn third round match.
Two rounds later, he barely missed out on another fine all-round feat. Playing against Police, again at Dayrells Road, he scored 34 and 99, while picking up five for 17 and one for 33.
That season, Nurse amassed 1 044 runs including three centuries and two half-centuries at an average of 58.00, and took 27 wickets at 21.22 runs apiece. And in his first seven innings, he had an aggregate of 741 (ave: 148.20).
Others who have achieved the feat of scoring a century and taking five wickets in an innings are:
Ryan Layne (Cable & Wireless; now Gladiola) 136, and 5-32 v Maple at Wildey (2005).
Brian Corbin (Police) 115 and nought, and 5-30 and 1-50 v Cable & Wireless at Weymouth (2005).
Antonio Mayers (Police) 123 and 87, and 5-91 v Spartan at Queen’s Park (2009).
Derick Bishop (St. Catherine) 160 and eight, and 1-60 and 5-25 v Wanderers at Dayrells Road (2009).
Dwayne Smith (YMPC) seven and 154, and 5-55 and 5-40 v Police at Weymouth (2009).
Kenroy Williams (St. Catherine) 112, and 6-54 and 0-36 v Dover at Bayfield (2010).
Roston Chase (Empire) 106 not out, and 7-39 and 5-44 v Barbados Youth at Bank Hall (2012).
Jonathan Carter (UWI) 105 and 20 not out, and 2-64 and 5-33 v Carlton at 3Ws Oval (2012).
Kavem Hodge (UWI) 3-28 and 6-53, and 114 v Pickwick at 3Ws Oval (2017).
The first round of the new season was also special for veteran batsman Alcindo Holder of title holders Crane Resort St. Catherine.
Holder, a former Combined Schools South, Empire and Barbados player, not only had the honour of recording the first century of the season (120 in 169 minutes off 120 balls with six fours and five sixes) against Massy Stores Spartan at Bayfield, but he also passed 5 000 runs in his 138th match at this level. It was his ninth century.
For the moment, however, the talk is about one Terrance Hinds, the Trini who thrilled at the SJPP ground.
Keith Holder is a veteran, award-winning freelance sports journalist, who has been covering local, regional and international cricket since 1980 as a writer and commentator. He has compiled statistics on the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Division 1 (now Elite) championship for three-and-a-half decades and is responsible for editing the BCA website (www.bcacricket.org). Holder is also the host of the cricket Talk Show, Mid Wicket, on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation 100.7 FM on Tuesday nights. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org