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Former Combermere students (from left) Kraigg Brathwaite, Carlos Brathwaite, Christopher Jordan, Jomel Warrican and Shane Dowrich huddling after a practice session with the Barbados team at Kensington Oval yesterday. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

By Haydn Gill | Fri, March 16, 2012 - 12:05 AM

The school with arguably the richest cricket tradition in the island could create another significant piece of history today.

Combermere School, an institution that has produced countless national cricketers and won numerous trophies, have five former students in Barbados’ 13-man squad for their sixth-round WICB Regional Four-day match at Kensington Oval.

If all of them play – Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich, Christopher Jordan, Carlos Brathwaite and Jomel Warrican – it is almost certain it will be a record for the highest number of players from one school in a Barbados team at the same time since regional first-class cricket was sponsored in 1966.

Kraigg Brathwaite, Dowrich and Jordan played in Barbados’ fifth-round match against Guyana, but Carlos Brathwaite has joined the four-day squad after recovering from a knee injury he sustained in the Caribbean Twenty20 almost two months ago, while Warrican has earned a senior call-up for the first time.

The quintet was beaming with pride when informed yesterday of the potential history and each of them lavished praise on the school’s long-standing cricket master Roddy Estwick.

“It speaks volumes for the school. I am sure that all five of us passed through Roddy Estwick. I’d like to say thanks to him and the programme at Combermere for producing five cricketers worthy of making the national team,” said Carlos Brathwaite.

“All schools practise and train hard but one of the main attributes we had was the fighting spirit to win at all costs. Even when we were behind and out of a game, we believed we could have won a game from whatever position we were in.”

Brathwaite, a fast bowling all-rounder, is eager to get back in the middle after his hiccup at the start of the year, while left-arm spinner Warrican will be looking to transfer his success from youth level.

“I’ve been working hard towards this and it has finally come through,” Warrican said.

“It makes me feel accomplished to be part of history. To be in the same team as four other Combermerians, it is a pleasure. You have to give credit to Mr Estwick. He is a wonderful coach, he knows how to motivate players. It is about work ethic. He emphasizes on working very hard and being disciplined.”

Checks by WEEKENDSPORT and consultations with other statisticians revealed that no more than four players from any school were in a Barbados team simultaneously in the past 45 years.

The last instance was in 2000 when former Ellerslie old boys – Philo Wallace, Dave Marshall, Sulieman Benn and Wayne Blackman – were in the national team that played against Leeward Islands at Kensington.

There were eight occasions between 1993 and 1998 when another Ellerslie quartet – Wallace, Marshall, Ottis Gibson and Sherwin Campbell – represented Barbados in the same match.

“It is an honour to be a Combermerian. I’m very proud of my school,” said wicketkeeper/batsman Dowrich. “Mr Estwick has been there for us. He is a great coach. He inspires the guys a lot. Technically he is very sound and he puts that self-belief in the guys.”

For fast-bowling all-rounder Jordan, it is a re-union of sorts after spending most of the last few years on the English county circuit.

“It’s just nice to be part of history. It speaks volumes about the work everyone at Combermere is doing in bringing young cricketers through,” he said.

Opening bat Kraigg Brathwaite is the only one of the five to have played Test cricket.

“Having grown up at Combermere with mates like Warrican and Dowrich, this is a very proud moment for me,” he said.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 2 years, 4 months ago
Good Luck to the Quintet,hope you all make it onto the field at the same time to create some more Combermere History-and please always keep this first verse of our School Song in the forefront, it is what has lead you all this far.
"Lives are in the making here
Hearts are in the waking here
Mighty undertaking here
Up and on, up and on.
We are arming for the fight
Pressing on with all our might
Pluming wings for higher flight
Up and on, up and on."

Good Luck/Bon Chance

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Posted by Dale Harris 2 years, 4 months ago
Mr Estwick and his system at Combemere has certainly produced an excellent crop of youngsters and I certainly trust that these fellows will lead Bim to the finals and indeed to victory.

As an incentive I would like to bring to their attention, that the last time the WI won any competition of note was with a Harrison College graduate, Ian Bradshaw, front and centre. So youngsters I challenge you to perform to the very highest standard less it be said that 5 Combemerians failed to lift their team to the heights of one Kolij grad.

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 2 years, 4 months ago
Congrats to the youngsters and Coach Estwick who as pointed out, has done a superb job with his charges over the years. Whoever came up with the idea of hiring a cricket master at our beloved school is to thanked. That it has paid great dividends is pretty obvious.

May the Lord bless you in all you do and always remember to give Him credit first in all things. Play hard, play smart, play in a disciplined manner, never give up irrespective of the state of a particular game, and always carry yourself with dignity but in a humble way. I have every confidence you will represent our school and our nation with great poise and passion.

Up & On Brethren, Up & On.

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 2 years, 4 months ago
Congrats to the youngsters and Coach Estwick who as pointed out, has done a superb job with his charges over the years. Whoever came up with the idea of hiring a cricket master at our beloved school is to thanked. That it has paid great dividends is pretty obvious.

May the Lord bless you in all you do and always remember to give Him credit first in all things. Play hard, play smart, play in a disciplined manner, never give up irrespective of the state of a particular game, and always carry yourself with dignity but in a humble way. I have every confidence you will represent our school and our nation with great poise and passion.

Up & On Brethren, Up & On.

P.S. @ Mr. Harris, how many Kolig grads are in the current B'dos squad? Just curious.

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Posted by Dale Harris 2 years, 4 months ago
Randy B you are right that there are no Kolij grads in the current Bdos team.
I trust you appreciate that when David Holford, Tony Howard, Geoff Geenidge and Robin Bynoe were in the team, Bim took the trophy on numerous occasions.
I trust the Cawmere quintet can reproduce that record since we have not won the championship for numerous years. One could say that there is a direct correlation between the fall of HC cricketing standards and Bdos's record.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 2 years, 4 months ago
Kudos to Mr Estwick and the youngster. Make us proud. I believe one is missing, but it would not be right to elaborate here.

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 2 years, 4 months ago
That would be Mr. Bridgeman for you, Mr. Harris. Just kiddin'. Seriously though, I'm not going to get sucked into a spat with you or anyone of the Kolij fraternity. Suffice to say that when one examines the history of Barbadian/ WI cricket history in an unbiased, objective manner, the great Combermere School is top shelf in terms of academic institutions producing cricketers.

Ever heard of the legendary Sir Frank Worrell? Or Derek Sealy, Wes Hall, Peter Lashley, Lionel Williams, Rawle Brancker, Stanton Gittens, Roland Holder, Hendy Springer, the current crop et al? Uh res muh case. Did a Kolig man 'evvuh skippuh' WI? Just curious.

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