Roy Fredericks

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Roy Fredericks
Personal information
Full nameRoy Clifton Fredericks
Born(1942-11-11)11 November 1942
East Bank, Berbice, Guyana
Died5 September 2000(2000-09-05) (aged 57)
New York City, United States
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
Relations3 daughters and 1 son
International information
National side
Test debut (cap  129)26 December 1968 v  Australia
Last Test15 April 1977 v  Pakistan
ODI debut (cap  3)5 September 1973 v  England
Last ODI16 March 1977 v  Pakistan
Domestic team information
1963–1983 Guyana
1971–1973 Glamorgan
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Runs scored4,33431116,3841,644
Batting average 42.4925.9145.8924.17
Top score169105250119
Balls bowled1,187105,295178
Wickets 72757
Bowling average 78.285.0037.9416.57
5 wickets in innings 0000
10 wickets in match0000
Best bowling1/122/104/363/5
Catches/stumpings 62/–4/–177/–33/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 17 October 2010

Roy Clifton Fredericks (11 November 1942 – 5 September 2000) was a West Indian cricketer who played Test cricket from 1968 to 1977.

West Indies cricket team Multi-national sports team

The West Indies cricket team is a multi-national men's cricket team representing the Anglophone Caribbean region and administered by Cricket West Indies. The players on this composite team are selected from a chain of fifteen Caribbean territories, which are parts of several different countries and dependencies. As of 24 June 2018, the West Indies cricket team is ranked ninth in the world in Tests, ninth in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and seventh in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in the official International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.


He was an opening batsman for the West Indies in both Test cricket and one day cricket, and made 4334 Test runs in a career spanning only nine years. ODIs were infrequent in Fredericks' time, and consequently he only appeared in 12 matches, making 311 runs.

Test cricket The longest form of cricket

Test cricket is the form of the sport of cricket with the longest match duration, and is considered the game's highest standard. Test matches are played between national representative teams that have been granted ‘Test status’, as determined and conferred by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The term Test stems from the fact that the long, gruelling matches are mentally and physically testing. Two teams of 11 players each play a four-innings match, which may last up to five days. It is generally considered the most complete examination of a team's endurance and ability.

At the first-class level, he represented Glamorgan Cricket Club in English domestic cricket and British Guiana and Guyana. He had a number of opening partners in the Test team before establishing a successful partnership with Gordon Greenidge in the mid-1970s. He was an aggressive batsman who liked to counterattack fast bowlers, but also was capable as a traditional accumulator of runs.

Glamorgan County Cricket Club Welsh cricket team

Glamorgan County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Glamorgan. Founded in 1888, Glamorgan held minor status at first and was a prominent member of the early Minor Counties Championship before the First World War. In 1921, the club joined the County Championship and the team was elevated to first-class status, subsequently playing in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England and Wales.

British Guiana British posession in the Guianas region between 1814–1966

British Guiana was the name of the British colony, part of the British West Indies (Caribbean), on the northern coast of South America, now known as the independent nation of Guyana.

Guyana Country in South America

Guyana, officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, is a country on the northern mainland of South America. It is the only English speaking country in South America, and is historically and culturally part of the Anglophone-Caribbean. In addition it is one of the founding member countries of the Caribbean Community organization, (CARICOM). Guyana is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Brazil to the south and southwest, Venezuela to the west, and Suriname to the east. With an area of 215,000 square kilometres (83,000 sq mi), Guyana is the third-smallest sovereign state on mainland South America after Uruguay and Suriname.

His highest Test score was 169 against Australia at Perth in 1975–76. After Australia had been dismissed early on the second day, in 90 minutes batting before lunch the West Indies scored 130 for 1 off 14 eight-ball overs, and after lunch Fredericks reached his century off only 71 balls, at the time the quickest ever. The West Indies won the match by an innings. [1] [2]

The West Indies cricket team toured Australia in the 1975-76 season and played 6 Test matches against Australia. Australia won the series 5-1.

In the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup held in 1975, Fredericks became the first player in ODI history to be dismissed for being hit wicket and also became the first player to be dismissed for being hit wicket in World Cup history. [3]

Cricket World Cup International cricket tournament

The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International (ODI) cricket. The event is organised by the sport's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), every four years, with preliminary qualification rounds leading up to a finals tournament. The tournament is one of the world's most viewed sporting events and is considered the "flagship event of the international cricket calendar" by the ICC.

Fredericks was nicknamed Freddo by those who knew him. He was an all-round sportsman and represented his country, Guyana, also in table tennis and squash.

Fredericks was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1974.

He was appointed Minister for Youth, Sport and Culture in Guyana in the Forbes Burnham regime. [4]

International awards

One Day International cricket

Man of the Match awards

S NoOpponentVenueDateMatch PerformanceResult
1 England Kennington Oval, London 7 September 1973105 (122 balls, 10x4, 1x6)WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies won by 8 wickets. [5]


In 1998, Fredericks underwent an operation for throat cancer. He returned to run cricket programmes for Guyana's Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, but had to go back to hospital. [6]

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