Moments in time: The day Arthurton, Lara, Adams punished Devon Malcolm

By April 27, 2020
Keith Artherton plays a pull shot off the bowling of Devon Malcolm in the first Test between the West Indies and England at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. Keith Artherton plays a pull shot off the bowling of Devon Malcolm in the first Test between the West Indies and England at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

Keith Arthurton did not have a stellar career with the West Indies but there was one day in particular that his prodigious talent was on show and it was a beautiful moment to watch.

Arthurton had made his debut for the West Indies against England in 1988. By 1994, when he again faced England, this time in the Caribbean on a Sabina Park pitch, the region was not convinced about him.

Arthurton was clearly talented. A remarkable fielder, he also had flair similar to a certain Trinidadian, albeit more talented, who had just come into the side.

It was the first Test of England’s 1994 tour of the Caribbean and in those days, the place to be for an opening Test was Sabina Park.

The shiny wicket was notorious for staying hard for five days and giving fast bowlers a lot to work with, but England were game. They chose to bat.

On day one England were 209-7, with Matthew Maynard, not out on 24 and Andy Caddick on three. The West Indies had started wonderfully and would continue on day two with Kenny Benjamin ending up with 6-66. Curtly Ambrose (1-46 from 22 overs) and Courtney Walsh (1-41 from 23 overs) were miserly in helping the West Indies restrict England to 234. Skipper Mike Artherton, (55), and fellow opener Alec Stewart, (70), were the only real contributors to the England total.

Day two would mark the first time the West Indies would see Jamaican-born Devon Malcolm bowl against them.

The English pacer was not welcome at Sabina Park because the Jamaican crowd saw his appearance for the tourists as a betrayal of the highest order.

But Malcolm was quick. Probably the quickest in the world at the time and there was also some amount of fear in the crowd that his pace would hurt what should have been his hometown.

And the crowd at Sabina Park had all right to worry, as fired-up Malcolm got rid of Desmond Haynes for four, and skipper Richie Richardson for five to leave the West Indies in trouble at 23-3. Phil Simmons was the other man to get out off the bowling of Caddick for eight.

This brought two left-handers to the crease, Brian Lara, to rapturous applause, and Arthurton, who the crowd hoped would stay with the little prince.

The quickest delivery bowled in 1994 came from Malcolm and it was bowled at Lara.

Batting at the commentary box end, Lara lifted one leg like a dog marking his territory after Malcolm pitched the delivery just back of a length. The pull shot that saw the ball rocket into the mid-wicket boundary knocked the stuffing out of Malcolm and by the time Lara was bowled by Graeme Hick for 83,  to become the fourth wicket lost by the West Indies, the tide had shifted back to the batting side.

At the other end, Arthurton continued on, playing a particularly savage cover drive off Malcolm on his way to 113 not out at the end of day three.

More important than the 11 fours and two sixes he slammed on his way to 126 on the third morning, was the demolition of the fear that Malcolm had brought to the Caribbean.

Caribbean fans realized he was big and strong and fast, but that our bats were bigger.

Jimmy Adams, who joined Arthurton after the departure of Lara would go on to score an unbeaten 95, while Junior Murray, 34, and Winston Benjamin, 38, got rid of the final semblances of fear over the dangerous Devon Malcolm.

The West Indies would go on to score 407 all out against Malcolm’s 3-113 and to win the game by eight wickets.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Related items

  • 'Quality' Hope still Windies best batsman' - WI legend Dujon backs player to figure things out after dismal run of form 'Quality' Hope still Windies best batsman' - WI legend Dujon backs player to figure things out after dismal run of form

    West Indies legendary wicketkeeper, Jeffrey Dujon, is convinced that out-of-favour Shai Hope remains the team’s best batsman, despite recently running into a rough patch of form.

    The 27-years-old Hope was dropped from the team last year ahead of the West Indies tour of New Zealand.  The decision followed several months of off-colour form, which saw the player return scores of 16, 9, 25, 7, 17, and 31 during the team’s three-Test tour of England in July. Overall, in Test cricket, Hope averaged 19.48 since December 2017 and just 14.45 since February 2019.

    The decision to drop the player, however, still stirred vigorous debate around the region, with many arguing that he should have been allowed to play his way back into form.  For his part, Dujon has backed the player to figure things out sooner, rather than later.

    “There’s no question in my mind that he is the best batsman that we have,” Dujon told the Mason and Guest radio program.

    “Technically he is very good, from the very first time I saw him, I thought he was very good and talking to him and getting to know him, I know he is smart enough to work it out when things aren’t going right,” he added.

    “He might have gotten his technique a little bit mixed up because of the competitions he was playing in, but I don’t see that lasting very long because he has quality.  You don’t go to England and be immortal and not be able to bat.”

    Hope grabbed headlines around the world in 2017, becoming the first batsman to score twin hundreds in a match at Headingly in first-class cricket.

  • Spin twins Shakib, Mehidy have been too much for Windies admits skipper Mohammed Spin twins Shakib, Mehidy have been too much for Windies admits skipper Mohammed

    West Indies stand-captain, Jason Mohammed, admits the team’s inability to cope with top-class spinners has been the primary reason it has been unable to post higher totals.

    Batting first in both ODIs played to date, being inserted to bat in the first and choosing to bat first in the second, the regional team fell below 150 runs on both occasions.  The stifling spin bowling of Mehidy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan proved to be a major contributing factor in keeping the West Indies batsmen in straitjackets on both occasions.

    Al Hasan claimed a jaw-dropping 4 for 8 runs in the first ODI, with an extraordinary miserly economy rate of 1.09 as the West Indies were restricted to 122.  In the second, it was Mehidy who applied the restraints, claiming 4 for 25 with an economy rate of 2.59.  The West Indies were restricted to 148 before Bangladesh easily chased down the target.

    “They are two quality spinners, especially Shakib, one of the best in the world and Mehidy has been playing very well for Bangladesh as well,” Mohammed said of facing off against the pair.

    “They have been good, and we haven’t been able to manage them, that’s why we have been getting those low totals.”

    Rovman Powell was the team’s top scorer with 41 in the second ODI, while Kyle Mayers led the way with 40 in the first ODI.  The West Indies and Bangladesh will face off for the final ODI on Monday at 12:30 am.

  • West Indies lose again as Bangladesh win series 2-0 West Indies lose again as Bangladesh win series 2-0


    Bangladesh took an unassailable 2-0 lead following their seven-wicket win over West Indies in Dhaka this morning.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.