Roy Fredericks was Glamorgan`s overseas player from 1971 until 1973. The Guyanese left-hander had made his Test debut on West Indies tour to Australia in 1968/69, and he made a very favourable impression with his flamboyant batting during the tour to England in 1969 with Glamorgan beating other counties in a race for his signature.
During his first season in county cricket, the West Indian emerged as a tough and hard-hitting opening batsman, amassing 1,377 first-class runs at an average of almost 46. Roy continued in productive vein the following season, during which he shared a Club record first wicket stand of 330 with Alan Jones during the match against Northamptonshire at Swansea. Remarkably, their efforts did not see Glamorgan to victory as the visitors won by 29 runs.
He only made a handful of appearances during 1973, as he was a member of the West Indian squad in the Test series with England. In fact, this proved to be Roy’s final summer with the Welsh county, whose committee – perhaps reflecting on events at Swansea in 1972 – decided to seek instead an overseas pace bowler to spearhead their bowling attack.
Roy continued to play Test cricket for the West Indies and in 1975 was in their team which won the inaugural World Cup. He later joined the World Series Cricket team in Australia in 1977/78, and continued playing for Guyana until retiring at the end of the 1982/83 season. Roy subsequently followed a career in politics, serving as Minister of Sport in Guyana, as well as being a West Indian selector.
FREDERICKS, Roy Clifton
Born – Blairmont, British Guiana, 11th November 1942 .
Died – New York, 5th September 2000.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 228* v Northamptonshire at Swansea, 1972; 3/37 v Northamptonshire at Swansea, 1971.
In List A cricket – 87 v Hampshire at Bournemouth, 1972; 1/17 v Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, 1971.