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Derick Parry



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Cricketers from the tiny, twin-island state of St. Kitts and Nevis rarely get the opportunity to play international cricket. Derick Parry, from the smaller island of Nevis, was one of those who got lucky. He got a chance to play for the regional team by virtue of the defections precipitated by Kerry packer's World Series Cricket. The Nevisian offspinner did not disgrace himself when he got the chance and ended his international career with a creditable Test and First Class record.

Born in Nevis on December 22, 1954, Derick Recaldo Parry made his First Class debut for the Combined Islands in the 1975/1976 season. The right-arm offspinner was lucky to earn selection to the regional team in 1978. His debut came against Australia at Port of Spain. Although he registered nought on the scoreboard, Parry took two wickets to help the W.I. to an innings victory against the Aussies.

The highlight of the Nevisian's 12-match Test career was the 4th Test of the 1978 home series against Australia. Parry scored 87 runs (including a career-best 65) and took six wickets as the West Indies defeated Australia by 198 runs at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain. Beyond that, Parry often chipped in with a wicket or two, without winning a match with bat or ball. From 12 Tests, he took 23 wickets at an average of 40.69.

Fortunately, the Nevisian compensated for his lack of penetration with the ball by scoring handy runs with the bat. From 20 innings, Parry scored 381 runs at an average of 22.41. He was even good enough to score three half centuries, including his career-best 65 runs against Australia at port of Spain.

Derick Parry also played six one-day internationals for the West Indies. He had an even better record here, taking 11 wickets and scoring 61 runs at an average of 15.25. His economy rate of 4.70 was somewhat high for that era though. Parry played matches for the Leeward Islands and Combined Islands as well as Cambridgeshire in the English minor counties. From 77 First Class fixtures, he scored 2552 at 26.86 and took 251 wickets at 28.95, with a best innings bowling of 9/76.

When the Packer defectors returned, the Nevisian offspinner lost his place in the West Indies side. It also did not help that the West Indies selectors placed emphasis on quick bowlers either. When the opportunity to earn money playing rebel cricket arose, Parry took the opportunity—resulting in a life ban from the WICBC (now the WICB).

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