Roston Lamar Chase, born on 22nd March 1992, is a prominent Barbadian cricketer who has made a name for himself both in domestic and international cricket. A versatile all-rounder, Chase is known for his right-handed batting prowess and right-arm off-spin bowling. His cricketing journey is marked by impressive achievements and contributions to the West Indies cricket team.
A Rising Star from Barbados
Hailing from Christ Church Parish in Barbados, Roston Chase made his senior debut for Barbados during the 2010–11 Regional Four Day Competition when he was just 18 years old. Although he played only two matches in his debut season, he soon became a regular member of the team. His talent and dedication to the game quickly became evident.
During the 2014–15 season, Chase achieved a significant milestone by scoring his maiden first-class century, an impressive 120 not out from 241 balls against the Windward Islands. His performance throughout the season earned him recognition, finishing with 534 runs from eight matches, placing him fourth for Barbados and eighth overall in the competition.
Chase’s consistent form continued into the 2015–16 season, where he was named the man of the match against the Leeward Islands after a remarkable innings of 136 not out in the team’s first innings. These performances established him as a dependable batsman in the Barbados squad.
In June 2018, Chase received the honor of being named the Best Regional Limited-Overs Cricketer of the Year at the annual Cricket West Indies’ Awards. His achievements in domestic cricket were a testament to his growing stature as a cricketer to watch.
As he prepared for the 2018 Caribbean Premier League, Chase’s name was listed among the top five players to watch in the tournament, underlining his potential as a T20 specialist.
International Debut and Milestones
Chase’s international journey began when he was named in the West Indies squad for their Test series against India in July 2016. He made his Test debut for the West Indies on 21st July 2016, marking the beginning of his international career. In only his second Test match, Chase showcased his all-round capabilities by picking up his maiden five-wicket haul and scoring a century to counter a formidable Indian bowling attack.
In June 2017, Chase made his debut in One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the West Indies against Afghanistan. This expanded his presence in the national team to multiple formats of the game.
One of the standout moments in Chase’s Test career came on 26th January 2019 when he achieved remarkable bowling figures of 8/60 in the fourth innings of the first Test against England in Barbados. He also contributed significantly with the bat, scoring 54 runs in the first innings.
Chase’s performances did not go unnoticed, as he was named as one of ten reserve players in the West Indies’ squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup by Cricket West Indies (CWI). This recognition reaffirmed his importance in the team.
T20 International Debut
In September 2021, Chase was named in the West Indies’ Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, showcasing his adaptability to the shortest format of the game. He made his T20I debut on 29th October 2021, representing the West Indies against Bangladesh.
A Bright Future
Roston Lamar Chase’s journey in cricket reflects his determination and passion for the sport. As he continues to shine on the international stage and contribute to the West Indies cricket team’s success, he remains a cricketing jewel from Barbados with the potential to achieve even greater heights in the years to come. Chase’s story is an inspiration to aspiring cricketers in Barbados and beyond, a testament to what dedication and talent can achieve in the world of cricket.