RiP: REG SCARLETT

Former West Indies spinner Reg Scarlett passed away on Wednesday 14th August, a day short of his 85th birthday, after battling illness.

Reg, as he was affectionately known, had a brief career for West Indies in which he played only three Tests for the national side. But the former Jamaican spinner made a significant contribution to the development of players following his retirement from the game in 1960.

After settling in England, he spent 15 years coaching and playing minor league cricket before returning to Jamaica to oversee the youth development program of the Jamaica Cricket Association.

Reg returned to England in 1979 and put his energy into grassroots development and was the brains behind the Haringey Cricket College, which produced several leading county and Test players for England. He was a member of The Forty Club during the 10 years from 1983 to 1993 and played XL cricket on many occasions.

He subsequently returned to the Caribbean Islands and became the first director of coaching of the West Indies Cricket Board, now CWI.