Former Barbados Youth team player and Carlton captain William Hutchinson dies

Bridgetown, Barbados, February 20 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Former Barbados Youth team leg-spinning all-rounder and Carlton top division captain William Hutchinson has died at the age of 70.

In 1984 and 1985, Hutchinson captained Carlton in the BCA First division (renamed Elite in 2012) Championship.

Carlton finished second to Police in 1984 with Hutchinson scoring 230 runs (Ave: 25.55) and taking 21 wickets (Ave: 18.42). The previous season, he was Carlton’s top wicket-taker with 26 scalps (Ave: 19.73).

The 1985 side included The Most Honourable Desmond Haynes, now the current West Indies men’s lead selector and a former Barbados captain and West Indies opening batsman.

Hutchinson played in a couple Carlton Division 1 Cup winning teams including their last success under the captaincy of Anthony “Fireworks” Edghill, way back in 1981, shared with St. Catherine.

He also rubbed shoulders with two former Barbados and West Indies players in opening batsman Sir Gordon Greenidge and fast bowler Vanburn Holder as a member of the Carlton team, which captured the 1974 BCA Derrick Robins knockout Cup – then the major limited overs Championship in the island.

His uncle, batting stalwart Geoffrey Hutchinson, was also in that team, captained by Steve Hinkson. The other players were Johnny Burke (vice-captain), Richard Straker, Lionel Sandiford, A.W.N. Alleyne, Urban Cumberbatch, Stephen Walcott, Mark Walker and Julian Roach.

A memorial service of celebration and thanksgiving for William Hutchinson will be held on Tuesday, February 21 at the chapel of Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens at 10 a.m., followed by a private interment. There will be live streaming of the service via www.lyndhurstfuneralhome.com/events/william-hutchinson.