DESMOND HAYNES TALKS TO ANGUS FRASER ABOUT HIS CAREERS WITH BOTH MIDDLESEX AND THE WEST INDIES
In our final interview in this series for Black History Month, where we have celebrated the proud achievements of some of the finest ever black cricketers to play for the club in its most successful era, Middlesex's Managing Director of Cricket, Angus Fraser, catches up with one the club's greatest ever overseas players.
Desmond Haynes is right up there alongside 'the Diamond', the great Wayne Daniel, as the player that members and fans look back on as being the most influential imports the club has ever had on its playing staff. A true great and a hugely popular man both on and off the field.
A stunning Middlesex career, between 1989 and 1994, saw Haynes play a crucial role in Middlesex securing two County Championship titles and one National League title, alongside a career with the West Indies that saw him form arguably the greatest ever opening partnership the game has ever seen, with Gordon Greenwich.
In his time with Middlesex, Haynes made 191 appearances for the club domestically and with the West Indies he received a staggering 354 international caps in his career across Test and ODI formats, hitting over 16,000 runs for his country.
In those 191 games for Middlesex he hit 7,071 first-class runs at an average of 49.10, including 21 hundreds, and hit 4,105 List-A runs at an average of 48.86, including 6 hundreds and 35 half-centuries.
Haynes was the model of consistency and the consummate overseas professional, playing with flair, passion and a drive to succeed - a true legend of the club and a great role model to all those who played with him!