Born at Holder's Hill, Barbados in 1956, Desmond 'Dessie' Haynes was an attractive right-handed opening batsman and right-arm medium and leg break bowler. He represented his native Barbados between 1976/77 and 1991/92, acting as captain in 1990/91. He joined Middlesex in 1989, gained his cap in his first season with the county and went on to represent county until 1994. He accumulated 7,071 runs (av. 49.10) with a highest score of 255 n.o. versus Sussex at Uxbridge in 1990. His best season was 1990 when he recorded 2,346 runs for the county. He also made over 4,000 runs in the three domestic limited-overs competition with his highest score being 149 n.o. versus Lancashire at Old Trafford, Manchester in the 1990 NatWest Trophy tie. He represented West Indies in 111 Tests between 1977/78 and 1992/93 during which time he amassed 7,250 runs (av. 42.65) with 18 centuries and a top score of 184 versus England at Lord's in 1980. He toured abroad nineteen times with the West Indies throughout the cricketing world. He represented Scotland in the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1983 and Western Province in the late 1990's. Since retiring he has concentrated on coaching and has served Sussex and Hampshire.