Former Banks Division 1 captain Garcia Atkins to be buried on Tuesday

Barbados Cricket Association article.

Bridgetown, Barbados - Former Banks Division 1 captain and batsman Garcia Atkins is to be buried on Tuesday, December 10.

The funeral service will be held at St. David's Anglican Church, Christ Church at 3 p.m., followed by the interment in the churchyard.

Atkins died suddenly at his home at Newton Crescent, Pinelands, St. Michael on Monday, November 25 at the age of 60.

Also known as "St. Paul", he had the honour of captaining Banks to the coveted Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) First division title in 1986 in what was a most memorable and thrilling finish to the season.

Atkins was a portly left-hand batsman known for his attacking strokeplay, and a stiff right-arm medium-pace bowler.

It was in the very last series of the 1986 season when Banks needed an outright win against Maple at The Brewery with four teams in contention for the title that Atkins made his mark with the ball en route to a 36-run success.

Banks dramatically won the title with 41 points, edging out second placed Wanderers by one point.

In that match, Atkins shared the new ball with swing bowler Richard Holder and grabbed six for 16 off 12.1 overs in the first innings as Maple were fired out for a paltry 49 in reply to Banks' 113 for seven declared. Holder took three for 18 off 11 overs.

Banks made 141 for eight declared in the second innings, and set 206 to win, Maple were dismissed for 169 as left-arm spinner Charles "Tailor" Griffith snatched six for 60.

Banks had gone into the last round in third position on 33 points with Pickwick at the top on 39, followed by the Barbados Cricket League (BCL) on 34 and Wanderers, 32.

As it turned out, Wanderers beat Pickwick, who did not even pick up a point, by seven wickets at Dayrells Road to finish on 40 points, and BCL played to a thrilling tie with YMPC at Blenheim 'A', to end fourth on 38 points. 

The 1986 Banks team included three pairs of brothers - Richard and Junior Holder; Clyde and Keith Beckles; and Arnold and Feliston Gilkes. Clyde Beckles, a former Barbados player, died in 2001 at the age of 52.

The other members of that 1986 squad were Adrian Ashby, George Brathwaite, Barry Callender, Leeson Brewster, Charles "Tailor" Griffith, Lewis Spooner, Edward Bascombe, John Brathwaite and Ronald Callender.

That season, Atkins played in all 11 matches, scoring 204 runs with a highest of 36, at an average of 11.33, but he topped his team's bowling averages, picking up 15 wickets at 8.20 runs apiece from 53.3 overs.

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Mon, 12/09/2013 - 06:01