Foxes Flashback - Winston Benjamin
Winston Benjamin (born 31st December 1964)
There was a time in the 1980s and 90s that whenever Leicestershire needed a fast bowler, all they needed to do was to look towards Antigua and a fine exponent was there to fill the need; Andy Roberts, George Ferris, Winston Benjamin were an impressive trio. To these must be added the almost legendary Vaughn Walsh who played for Leicestershire 2nd X in 1991 whilst spending the summer playing for Leicester Nomads and generally causing mayhem amongst Midlands club batsmen (91 wickets at an average of 11, best bowling, 9 wickets for 4 runs).
Winston spent six summers with Leicestershire between 1986 and 1993, scoring 2,517 runs and taking 341 wickets. He was a hard hitting batsman, whose only first class century for the county was scored against Derbyshire in 1990, and took him just 141 deliveries. He also hit 118 in 98 minutes (seven 6’s and nine 4’s) against a Zimbabwe A team the previous year in a second XI match.
His best bowling was 7 for 54 against the touring Australians in 1989 and in that year also had match figures of 10 for 76 against Derbyshire, and also received his Leicestershire ‘cap’.
He could best be described as an ‘irregular’ in the strong West Indies team between 1986 and 1995, playing in 21 tests and 85 one day internationals. It was in his final game for the West Indies that he took his 100th wicket in these matches.
Richard Holdridge - Club Historian