Pictured is Anthony “Tony” White
OBITS: Former Barbados and West Indies players Lashley and White die within three weeks of each other
Bridgetown, Barbados, September 4 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Two former Barbados and West Indies cricketers – Patrick “Peter” Lashley and Anthony “Tony” White – have died within three weeks of each other.
White, an all-rounder, known for his hard-hitting batting and who bowled right-arm medium-pace and off-breaks, passed away on August 16 at the age of 84, while Lashley, a left-handed top-order batsman and occasional right-arm medium-pacer, died on September 4 after a lengthy illness. He was 86.
Both Lashley and White played in the Barbados team, which won the first ever Shell Shield first-class Championship in 1966 under the captaincy of The Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, who is a National hero.
Patrick Douglas Lashley was born February 11, 1937. He played four Tests, scoring 159 runs (Ave: 22.71) with a highest of 49 against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in 1966.
He was part of the West Indies squad as early as 1960-61 when he toured Australia. He made his debut in the famous opening tied Test at the Gabba, Brisbane and also played in the last of the five-match series at Melbourne, scoring 78 runs in four innings.
Lashley took one Test wicket for 18 runs but it was special – England opener Geoff Boycott at Headingley, Leeds in 1966.
In 85 first-class matches, Lashley amassed 4 932 runs including eight hundreds and 32 half-centuries, at an average of 41.44. His highest score was 204 against Guyana at Bourda, Georgetown in the 1967 Shell Shield Championship when he piled up 510 runs at a remarkable average of 102.00.
He took 27 wickets (Ave: 35.48) with a best of three for 15, and also held 66 catches.
For Barbados alone, Lashley scored 3 994 runs (Ave: 48.70) and took 45 catches.
In five one-day (List A) matches, Lashley scored 211 runs (Ave: 105.50) with a highest of 102 not out. He picked up five wickets (Ave: 28.20; Econ: 4.86).
Locally, he played for Combermere School, Spartan and Cable & Wireless.
Lashley became a very important member of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Board of Management after his retirement from first-class cricket in 1975.
He is credited with introducing the Instant Money Game to the BCA in 1978 and was also a long-standing employee of Cable & Wireless (later known as Barbados External Telecommunications).
Lashley is survived by his son William, who played locally for Foundation School, YMPC and BET.
Anthony Wilbur White was born November 20, 1938. He played in two Tests, scoring 71 runs (Ave: 23.66) with a highest of 57 not out on debut against Australia at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica in 1965. He took three wickets (Ave: 50.66).
White had toured England in 1963 as a replacement for the injured Trinidadian Willie Rodriquez in Frank Worrell’s squad.
In 31 first-class matches, he scored 996 runs (Ave: 25.53) with nine half-centuries, took 95 wickets (Ave: 28.05) with best figures of six for 80 and held 32 catches.
Of that batting aggregate, for Barbados he scored 584 runs (Ave: 26.54), took 60 wickets (Ave: 27.60) and held 21 catches. He was also a brilliant fielder in any position.
White made his debut for the island against the then British Guiana in 1959. He participated in that thrilling encounter between Barbados and MCC in December 1959, which Barbados won by ten wickets in the final minutes. His contribution to the victory was five wickets for 156 runs in 59 overs. He was also instrumental in the Barbados victory against the Indian touring team in March 1962.
Locally, White played for Carlton and Pickwick. He later lived in Venezuela for many years.
Following a private cremation, there will be a public Memorial service for White on Thursday, September 7 at the Chapel of Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens in Christ Church at 10 a.m.
The Board of Directors and staff of the BCA have extended sincere condolences to the families of Lashley and White.