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Theodore Cuffy

Full Name: Theodore Cuffy
Born: November 09, 1949 (age 68 years)
Birthplace: Preysal, Trinidad and Tobago
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Batting Style: Right-hand batsman
Bowling Style: Right-arm medium pace

Career Highlights

  • First Class debut South vs North, Beaumont Cup,  Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, April 14-16, 1969
  • Captained the Trinidad and Tobago team in the 1983 Shell Shield regional tournament
  • Scored 2329 runs in his First Class career in 55 matches

Awards/Titles

  • Honoured by Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) as one of Trinidad and Tobago’s top 50 administrators/players, 2012
  • Technical Director of the Cayman Island Youth Programme since 1996
  • Manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national senior team, 1986-1990
  • Captain of the national senior team, 1983
  • Man-of-the-Match vs Windward Islands, March, 1977
  • Member of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Coaching Instructors Panel

 

Biography

Theo Cuffy was a hard-hitting middle-order batsman for Trinidad and Tobago. He played for the national team from 1976 to 1983. Although his first First Class match was in 1969, representing South Trinidad, he only made his entry into the national team in 1976, against Barbados at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown.

By his own admission, Cuffy was not a sensational player but nevertheless gained enormous respect. “I gained a few bits and pieces. My highlight was scoring 140 against Combined Islands around 1979.

I captained the national team in 1983 but that was not a good exercise at all. We couldn’t win a game. That was the end of my career playing regionally. But I did move on from playing into coaching which I really love,” Cuffy said in an interview.

From 1986-90, Cuffy was manager of the Trinidad and Tobago team when Brian Lara was emerging as a world beater. In 1987, Lara was sensational on the Under-19 team, gaining records as the most outstanding batsman in the region, taking the most catches and leading the Trinidadians to the regional championship with one round still remaining.

“He was outstanding that year. People had been aware of his ability for a long time,” Cuffy remembers.

Cuffy earned his coaching badges and graduated to the West Indies Cricket Panel and started teaching coaches throughout the Caribbean. “I had a good run until 1996 when I got the chance to come to the Cayman Islands.

“I came here more for financial reasons and needed to find a way out for my family and also had the opportunity to do the thing I love best, to coach.

“It was a challenge coming to Cayman, partly because I didn’t know where it was and also because it had no youth programmes.

“Today, seeing the Cayman team in the Challenge Trophy where they have reached the final against Jamaica on 25 November, 2011 with 11 boys who have passed through our coaching programme, is an accomplishment,” he said.

Cuffy is someone of whom Trinidad and Tobago can be justly proud for flying the red, white and black national flag high.

 

Education

  • Presentation College, Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago

References

Sport Clubs / Teams

  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Preysal, Trinidad and Tobago

    FIRST-CLASS STATISTICS

                                                            (Batting and Fielding)

MATCHES PLAYED: 55

INNINGS PLAYED: 91

OPENING BATTING: 0

50s: 11

100s: 2

200s: 0

RUNS: 2,329

NOT OUTS: 6

HIGHEST SCORE: 140 vs Combined Islands, March 11th – 14th, 1978, Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG), St. John’s, Antigua                      

AVERAGE: 27.40

Catches: 68   

          

 

                                                         LIST “A” STATISTICS

                                                        (Batting and Fielding)

MATCHES PLAYED: 21

INNINGS PLAYED: 20

OPENING BATTING: 0

50s: 3

100s: 0

200s: 0

RUNS: 456

NOT OUTS: 5

HIGHEST SCORE: 83 not out vs Jamaica, March 17th, 1982, Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago                       

AVERAGE: 30.40

Catches: 7

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