Retired Boston teacher and former STGC, Jamaica and International cricketer died in Florida at age 88.
Alfred (Allie) Binns was born July 24, 1929 in Kingston, Jamaica, the youngest son of “Major” M.J. Binns and Lydia Constance Binns (Ne Rance). Interestingly, Major Binns was the cricket coach at St. George’s College in the early 1960’s.
He married Henrietta Elizabeth Binns (Ne Harrison) August 3, 1959 in Boston, MA. The couple has two daughters, Kathleen Stakermann, Jacqueline Binns, and a granddaughter Cristina Stakermann.
From 1944-1947 Allie represented St. Georges College, in cricket, soccer, softball, and track.
In 1946 and 1947, he was captain of the Cricket and Football teams winning the Manning Cup in 1945, and the Oliver Shield in 1947.
He went on to represent Jamaica in Cricket against Trinidad, Barbados, Guiana, India, England, Australia, and Pakistan in 1950-1957. Allie was selected to play for the West Indies against India in 1950 at the Oval in Trinidad, and later was the West Indies Wicket Keeper against Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. He is the first West Indian Cricketer to score a Century against an Australian team that toured the West Indies in 1955. He scored a record 149 runs in a partnership with Collie Smith at Melbourne Park, JA.
In 1968 while attending college in Boston, he was a member of ‘Team USA’ that played against Pakistan in New York at Randall Island Stadium. He went on to represent Harvard University at Harvard Commons against a team from India. At the time he was an intern at Harvard School of Public Health.
Allie attended St. Aloysius Boys’ School and later St. Georges College, from which he graduated in 1947. He began his College career in the US by attending Wentworth Institute in Boston where he graduated with an Associate degree in Building Construction Engineering in 1959. He went on to Northeastern University and received his B.S.Edu. in 1962. Four years later, he was awarded his M.Edu. Admin from Northeastern University. A year later in 1966 he was inducted into the Kappa Delta Psi honor society at Northeastern.
Well played innings Allie!
May you find peace in the Lord. We pray for his widow, children and family.