In 1964 a group of young cricketers in New York got together and formed Carib Sports Club. That group included L. Duncan, O. Williams, V. Scholar, K. Warner, E. Henry, D. Barnard, C. Taitt, E. Simmons, L. Matheson (now deceased) P. Martin, Dr. S. Joseph, R. Gonzalez, and C. Miller. In their quest for excellence or historical value they later agreed upon the name Atlantis, and thus Atlantis Cricket Club was formally established in 1966.
Throughout its existence, the organization’s leadership has exemplified stability, a sense of purpose, exemplary conduct on and off the field and a great deal of camaraderie among its members, which resulted in enormous success.
Lawrence B. Duncan, the first president of the club, was hugely influential in the formation of the Long Island NY Cricket League and the great achievements that followed that organization. His quiet demeanor, disciplined approach to life and strong moral character endeared him to all who came into contact with the gentle giant from humble beginnings in St. Vincent.
Oscar “Sharkie” Williams, the first Atlantis captain and former national player from Antigua, was the backbone of the team in the ’60s. His unruffled mannerisms and pleasant personality endeared him to his teammates, and as a result of his leadership, the club achieved tremendous success.
In the 1970s the club’s roster was enhanced by the influx of several former national players from the Caribbean, who quickly showcased their abilities resulting in the club being a dominant force in USA cricket for 13 years.
Former Guyana pace bowler Carlyle Miller led the club during that exciting period and its participation in the Long Island Cricket League. Atlantis was undefeated as league champions for eight consecutive years. The club’s representation on the league’s squad totaled six players on several occasions.
Atlantis has made several overseas tours and continues to be held in very high esteem by its colleagues in Canada, Barbados, Bermuda, and England. Several high profile individuals such as the former West Indies Test player and captain Clive Lloyd and Clayton Lambert, a former West Indies Test player and US national coach; both of whom are Honorary Life Members of Atlantis.
Atlantis is truly a microcosm of international and Caribbean members, having had among its membership; players from Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, England, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Pakistan, St. Vincent, and Trinidad & Tobago.
Atlantis has added several former Test players to its list of Honorary members. Among those are Clive Lloyd, Sir Andy Roberts, Alvin Kallicharran, Lance Gibbs, Roger Harper, Sir Curtly Ambrose, Lawrence Rowe, Basil Butcher, Snr, Joe Solomon, Joel “Big Bird” Garner, Clayton Lambert, Gus Logie, Adam Sanford, Michael Holding, Sir Charles Griffith, and former West Indies women’s Test player and assistant coach Stephanie Power.
Atlantis boasts a senior men’s squad, six of whom have or are currently on the USA national men’s cricket squad. The club also supports an Atlantis women’s squad, with eight of the players representing or are now serving the USA, on the national women’s team.
Last updated January 2019