Former Barbados fast bowler George Rock dies at 85

Bridgetown, Barbados, February 22 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Former Spartan and Barbados fast bowler George Rock has died in Bermuda at the age of 85.

In eight first-class matches in the 1960s, Rock took 40 wickets at 18.70 runs each including three five-wicket hauls.

His best figures of six for 18 came against Trinidad & Tobago at Queen’s Park Oval in the Shell Shield Championship 1969. He had a match haul of nine for 98 and finished the season as one of the most successful bowlers with 18 wickets at 16.05 runs apiece.

Rock made his first-class debut against Trinidad at Queen’s Park Oval in 1961, taking six for 63 in the first innings. Barbados won by three wickets.

Later that year in a quadrangular Tournament in Guyana, he grabbed a match haul of nine for 94 including five for 86 in the first innings as Barbados beat Jamaica by an innings and 103 runs at Bourda.

Rock studied radio announcing in New York City in 1965. He represented the United States in the annual match against Canada in 1964.

After obtaining a coaching certificate in England, he returned to New York in 1969 to coach cricket.

Rock also worked as a cricket coach in Barbados.