Hayden Walsh: Bio, Facts, Records
Hayden Walsh: West Indian Cricketer
Hayden Walsh is a right-arm leg-spin bowler who bats left-handed. Born in U.S Virgin Islands, Walsh has gone on to play for both the Leeward Islands and Barbados in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4 Day Tournament. He made his Caribbean Premier League debut in 2018, off the back of some good form in the 2017/18 domestic season. His father, also called Hayden Walsh, played cricket for Anitgua.
WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4 Day Tournament
Hayden Walsh: First-Class Debut
Hayden Walsh made his First-Class debut for the Leeward Islands in 2012. It was a day-night match against the Windward Islands. Kavem Hodge made his debut in the same match. The Leeward Islands batted first, but only managed a poor 121. Walsh contributed 17 batting at number 8 and was the third highest run scorer in the team. Hayden then bowled 3-0-15-0 and did not bowl again in the rest of the match. His batting the second time around was even better, hitting 31 runs out of the Leeward Islands’ 177. Walsh was then not needed with the ball, as the Windward Islands were bundled out for just 90. This handed Walsh’s side a 30 run-victory.
Hayden Walsh: first five-wicket haul
Despite making his debut for the Leeward Islands, Hayden Walsh took his maiden First-Class five-wicket haul playing for Barbados against his original side. Barbados made 394 in the first innings, thanks to a hundred from Sheyne Moseley and an unbeaten 79 from Justin Greaves. Rahkeem Cornwall took a five-wicket haul in that innings, dismissing Anthony Alleyne, Mario Rampersaud and Keon Harding in the process. However, Walsh then outdid Cornwall and took six wickets in the Leeward Island’s innings. It was Walsh’s best ever spell by quite a distance, as he combined discipline with aggression to wreak havoc. He dismantled the Leeward Islands’ middle order and reduced them from 188-3 to 246 all out. This gave Barbados the advantage, but they were unable to take all ten wickets in the fourth innings, running out of time with two wickets still needed.
Hayden Walsh: Caribbean Premier League
Hayden Walsh played for the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the 2018 CPL, in a side captained by Chris Gayle. They had a very strong batting unit, including the upcoming Brandon King. Walsh made his debut against the Guyana Amazon Warriors. His side managed 168 batting first, with Keemo Paul bowling 2-0-7-1 and picking up the crucial wicket of Gayle. Walsh was not required with the bat, but did bowl to overs. He finished with figures of 2-0-18-0 and bowled a few rank deliveries. However, he did prove that he was a gun fielder, producing a direct hit from the boundary, though the batsman made his ground. He also took a great catch to dismiss Jason Mohammed, but his side still lost.
Spinners are always in demand in the Caribbean, so Walsh will no doubt go on to play more often in the CPL. It will be interesting to see which team he features for in the 2019 CPL. As seen in his First-Class cricket, Walsh has already played for several other teams, including Barbados. He will almost certainly be on the Barbados Tridents’ radar for the 2019 CPL.