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Sir Charles Christopher Griffith (born 14 December 1938) is a West Indian former cricketer who played in 28 Tests from 1960 to 1969.[1] He formed a fast bowling partnership with Wes Hall during the 1960s. In the 1961/62 season, a delivery from Griffith cracked Indian batsman Nari Contractor's skull, prematurely ending Contractor's international career.

Charlie Griffith
Personal information
Full nameCharles Christopher Griffith
Born (1938-12-14) 14 December 1938 (age 80)
Saint Lucy, Barbados
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut25 March 1960 v England
Last Test13 March 1969 v New Zealand
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 28 96
Runs scored 530 1,502
Batting average 16.56 17.26
100s/50s 0/1 0/4
Top score 54 98
Balls bowled 5,631 15,509
Wickets 94 332
Bowling average 28.54 21.60
5 wickets in innings 5 17
10 wickets in match 0 1
Best bowling 6/36 8/23
Catches/stumpings 16/– 39/–
Source: CricInfo, 26 June 2019

When Griffith started playing club cricket in Barbados at a young age, it was as a right-arm spinner. During one game he decided to bowl right arm fast and finished with figures of 7 for 1. He remained a fast bowler and soon after was chosen to represent Barbados. His first-class debut was made against the Marylebone Cricket Club who were touring the Caribbean in 1959/60 and in the space of two overs he dismissed England internationals Colin Cowdrey, Mike Smith and Peter May.

In the match between Barbados and the touring Indians in 1961/62, Nari Contractor was hit on the back of the head by a Griffith bouncer. After being helped from the field, Contractor started to bleed profusely, having suffered a fractured skull. Two emergency operations were required to remove blood clots on his brain.[2] Although he recovered from his injury, he never played Test cricket again. Later in the match Griffith was no-balled by umpire Cortez Jordan for throwing, the first of two times that he was called during his career. The other occasion was a tour match against Lancashire in 1966, when Griffith was called by Arthur Fagg.[3]

Griffith had a successful tour of England in 1963, finishing the summer with 119 wickets at 12.3, 32 of them coming in the Test series. In the first innings of the Headingley Test he took 6 for 36 and finished the match with 9 wickets. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1964.

Griffith was made a Knight of St Andrew by the Barbados government in 2017, having previously been given the Silver Crown Of Merit in 1992.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "An island of legends: Desmond Haynes picks his greatest Barbados Test XI". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  2. ^ Martin Williamson, "Dangerous games", Cricinfo XI, 2 May 2006.
  3. ^ Bill Bradshaw, "Chucker Charlie's order of the bath", The Observer, 11 June 2000.
  4. ^ Stuart E (2017) It's Sir Charles, Nationa News, 1 December 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2019.