In 1980 Roland Butcher became the first black West Indian to play ODI Cricket for England. This was followed in 1981 with him also becoming the first black West Indian to play Test Cricket for England. His first Test for England was v the West Indies in Barbados at Kensington Oval.
In his attacking exhibition style he enjoyed a 20-year professional career with Middlesex, scoring over 12,000 runs with 17 centuries, and winning 6 Championships and 6 One Day trophies.
Apart from playing the game he loves Roland is also an ECB Level 3 Coach and played and coached in Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda and other countries in Europe as a High Performance Coach for the ICC.
Roland is Director of Sports at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, overseeing the development of all sports, a position he’s held since returning from England having resided there for 37 years.
Roland is Chairman of the Sir Everton Weekes Centre of Excellence, a member of the Cricket Development Committee, Scholarships Committee, Clubs Assistance Committee, and member of the UWI Cricket Management Committee. He also served as a member of the National Sports Council Board, Manager and Coach of the Vice Chancellor’s team, and Barbados U-15 Cricket Team. In addition to cricket he is also a U.E.F.A Certified Football Coach and worked in this capacity for many years with Arsenal Football Club and Reading Football Club.
David Oram is the resident ‘statto’, and sometime presenter of Mason & Guests – Voice of Barbados’ weekly cricket talk show, the leading cricket radio show in the West Indies – hosted by the Caribbean’s principal radio commentator, Andrew Mason.
David has lived in Barbados since 2011, is an avid follower of Caribbean cricket, is a member of MCC and the ACS, and is a former Library Assistant and Tour Guide at The Oval in London.
David topped scored in the London Schools Cup Final of 1988, and is a distant cousin of New Zealand leg spinner, Jack Alabaster.