To mark South Africa’s return to international cricket after the apartheid ban, a group of Trinidadians & Tobagonians made the short flight to Barbados to witness the lone Test – the first ever against the West Indies – in April 1992.
However, fans boycotted the historic match when Antiguan, Kenny Benjamin, was chosen ahead of Barbadian, Andy Cummins, who now resides in the Greater Toronto Area.
After the first day’s play, a Barbadian newspaper deemed the boycott a success, noting that nobody was in the ground except the Trini Posse.
“It was about 40 of us and we made noise and waved our flags,” self-proclaimed Posse leader Dr. Nigel Camacho told Share. “We were shocked when we got to the ground and there was nobody there except us.”
The name stuck with the group who, in the last two decades, has become part of the cast of characters that enliven the atmosphere at cricket grounds across the Caribbean.
In Antigua, there was the comical Gravy and his rival Mayfield, Blue Food added to the panorama of humanity in Trinidad with his trademark conch shell, calypsonian/comedian and physical education teacher, MacFingall, was a fixture at Kensington Oval and who would forget the flamboyantly-suited pipe-smoking Barbadian, King Dyal, who changed his clothing at each interval.
They are all gone except the Trini Posse.
“We passionately support this thing we love called cricket,” said Dr. Camacho, who is a Queen’s Park Cricket Club board member. “Many people associate themselves with us and we still travel around the region. We follow the West Indies because it’s about supporting something that we dearly love.”
As part of the just concluded Caribbean Tourism Organization’s 14th annual sustainable development conference in T & T, Camacho had the opportunity to show off the Posse stand to visiting journalists.
“The late Joey Carew was the Queen’s Park club chief executive officer at the time and he suggested that a stand be named in our honour,” said Camacho, who is a dentist. “It’s an honour that we deeply appreciate.”
Camacho is a close friend of Brian Lara, who holds the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket (501 not out) and Test cricket (400 not out).
“To watch him grow from a fledgling player in the nets behind the Oval to become a world famous record holder is phenomenal,” said Camacho.