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Roland Butcher

Roland Butcher was the first black West Indian born Barbadian Cricketer to play for England. Although he came to Stevenage very young he went on to play three test matches becoming known as a batsman and an exceptional fielder. Roland attended Shephalbury School and joined Stevenage Cricket Club in 1967 and Middlesex as a professional in 1974. He was selected to play for England against Australia in 1980 scoring 52 runs. In 1981 he toured the West Indies with the England team that at that time included Ian Botham, Geoff Boycott, Graham Gooch and David Gower.
He played 277 first class matches scoring 12021 runs, his highest score being 197 against Yorkshire and made the fastest century of the season in 1987 with a hundred in 96 minutes off of 73 balls.