By Charwayne Walker
When Tagenarine Chanderpaul reached three figures against Barbados at the Kensington Oval in the ninth round of the Cricket West Indies Digicel-sponsored Regional four day championships earlier this month, the son of the legendary Shivnarine Chanderpaul had placed himself and his father on an elite fathers and sons list who had the distinct honour of scoring a century at the Regional First Class Level.
The left-handed opener had reached the landmark from 275 balls when he deposited a delivery from Jonathan Carter to deep mid-wicket for his ninth boundary.
The first family combination to register centuries at the Regional First Class Level were the Constantines, Lebrun, Learie and Elias.
Lebrun Constantine, father of Learie and Elias, scored an unforgettable 116 versus British Guiana in 1910 at the Queen’s Park Oval. His son Learie emulated his father with a pugnacious 133 versus Barbados in 1929 at the Queen’s Park Oval while Elias added his name to this father and son list with a classy 139 against British Guiana in 1944, again, at the Queen’s Park Oval.
The next father and son combination to achieve the feat was another legendary West Indian cricketer in Sir Everton Weekes.
Weekes, one third of the famous Three W’s (the others being Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott) scored 129 against British Guiana in 1946, 123 versus Jamaica at Sabina Park in 1947, 236 versus British Guiana in 1950 at the Kensington Oval and 107 versus Jamaica in 1964 at the Kensington Oval. His son, David Murray, scored 106 not out versus Guyana at the Kensington Oval in 1975, 113 versus the Combined Islands at the Kensington Oval in 1977 and 143 versus Jamaica at the Kensington Oval in 1978.
George Powell and Tony Powell
George Powell scored 110 against Barbados at Sabina Park in 1988 while his son, Tony Powell, scored 125 not out against the Windward Islands at Sabina Park in 1996 and 100 not out versus Guyana at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, Bourda in 1998.
Lockhart Sebastian and Liam Sebastien
Lockhart Sebastian, father of Liam, scored 145 versus the Leeward Islands at Warner Park in 1975, 219 against the Leeward Islands at Warner Park in 1979, 122 versus Trinidad and Tobago at the Queen’s Park Oval in 1983, 107 versus Trinidad and Tobago at Arnos Vale in 1984 and 106 versus Guyana at the Albion Sports Complex in 1988. His son Liam scored 123 against Guyana at the Providence National Stadium in 2008 and 143 against Barbados at the Kensington Oval in 2011.
Shivnarine and Tagenarine Chanderpaul
At the end of 2013, Shivnarine Chanderpaul had registered 13 regional first class centuries:
303 not out vs Jamaica at Sabina Park, 1996,
125 vs Windwards Arnos Vale, 1998,
115 vs Barbads Kensington Oval, 1998,
111 vs Trinidad at Enmore, 1998,
140 vs Leewards Albion 2002,
145 vs Windwards, Albion 2003,
109 vs Jamaica, Albion 2003,
138 vs Windwards, Bourda, 2005,
194 vs Leewards, Hampton Court, 2005,
207 not out vs Combined Colleges, Providence, 2008,
105 not out vs Leewards, Corva, 2010,
125 not out vs Barbados Kensington Oval, 2012,
– 102 vs Barbados Kensington Oval, 2018.