Tuesday, February 21

Runako Shakur Morton (1978-2012) Test Cap No:262

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Full name Runako Shakur Morton
Born July 22, 1978, Nevis
Died March 4, 2012, Chase Village, Trinidad (aged 33 years 226 days)
Major teams West Indies, Leeward Islands, Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago
Playing role Batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak

Biography
Runako Morton on his half-century,
West Indies v Australia, 1st Test,
Jamaica, May 24, 2008 © Getty Images
A batsman who played 15 Tests and 56 ODIs for West Indies, Runako Morton died in a car crash when just 33. His international career with West Indies spanned eight years, but he unable to win a regular place in the side, largely because of the controversies he was embroiled in.

His run-ins with authority started early, when he was expelled from the West Indian Academy in July 2001, for a series of regulation breaches. He refused to be bowed, however, and continued to accumulate runs for Leeward Islands in the Busta Cup. In February 2002, he was called into an injury-plagued West Indian squad as a replacement for Marlon Samuels, and was tipped to become one of the few Test cricketers from tiny island of Nevis.

But he threw away his opportunity when he pulled out of the ICC Champions Trophy in September 2002, after lying about the death of his grandmother. His career slipped further down the pan when he was arrested (though released without charge) in January 2004, following a stabbing incident, but in May 2005, he was given a third chance at redemption when he was recalled to the one-day squad to face South Africa although he didn't get a game.He got his chance later that month against Pakistan at home, and was then picked for the 2005-06 tour to New Zealand, where he proved his worth with a fighting century - his maiden one-day hundred - in a losing cause. He followed it up with another ton, in the away series against Zimbabwe, but soon made it into the record books for his painstaking 31-ball duck in the final of the DLF Cup against Australia in Malaysia. It was the slowest ODI duck, beating Phil Simmons's earlier record that had consumed 23 balls.

Rangy Nanan (1953-2016) Test Cap No: 174

Full name Rangy Nanan
Born May 29, 1953, Preysal, Trinidad
Died March 23, 2016, Caroni, Trinidad & Tobago (aged 62 years 299 days)
Major teams West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Profile
Rangy Nanan had the misfortune to be one of the Caribbean's leading spinners at the time Clive Lloyd's all-pace strategy was taking hold. A leading offspinner for Trinidad for almost two decades, his best season was in 1981-82 when he took 32 Shell Shield wickets in five matches and when he retired he was their leading wicket-taker in the competition. He was no mean batsman either with a first-class hundred to his name. His one Test came in Pakistan at Faisalabad in 1980-81 where he took four wickets but impressed with his tight control, and took two important catches. He is a police officer.

Only Test Pakistan v West Indies at Faisalabad, Dec 8-12, 1980
First-class span 1972/73 - 1990/91
List A span 1976/77 - 1990/91



Malcolm Denzil Marshall (1958-1999) Test Cap No:172

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Full name Malcolm Denzil Marshall
Born April 18, 1958, Bridgetown, Barbados
Died November 4, 1999, Bridgetown, Barbados (aged 41 years 200 days)
Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Hampshire, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast

In a nutshell Malcolm Marshall was perhaps the finest of West Indies' many formidable fast bowlers of the 1980s, endowed with fierce pace, swing, cut, a vicious bouncer, and above all, the ability to outthink any batsman.
Malcolm Marshall in action....
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Biography
Malcolm Denzil Marshall was a West Indian cricketer. Primarily a fast bowler, Marshall is regarded as one of the finest and fastest pacemen ever to have played Test cricket.His Test bowling average of 20.94 is the best of anyone who has taken 200 or more wickets.He achieved his bowling success despite being, by the standards of other fast bowlers, a short man – he stood at 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m),while most of the great quicks have been well above 6 feet (1.8 m) and many great West Indian fast bowlers, such as Joel Garner, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh, were 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) or above. He generated fearsome pace from his bowling action, with a dangerous bouncer. Marshall was also a very dangerous lower-order batsman with ten Test fifties and seven first-class centuries.

Malcolm Marshall in action.
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Marshall was born in Bridgetown, Barbados. His father, Denzil Marshall, was a policeman, but died in a road traffic accident when Marshall was one year old. His mother, Eleanor (née Welch) remarried and Marshall had one half-brother and one half-sister. He grew up in the parish of Saint Michael, Barbados and was educated at St Giles Boys' School from 1963 to 1969 and then at Parkinson Comprehensive from 1969 to 1973.He was partly taught cricket by his grandfather, who helped to bring him up after his father's death. He played cricket for the Banks Brewery team from 1976. His first representative match was a 40-over affair for West Indies Young Cricketers against their English equivalents at Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago in August 1976. He made nought and his eight overs disappeared for 53 runs.

Malcolm Marshall celebrates a wicket...
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Marshall's first senior appearance was a Geddes Grant/Harrison Line Trophy (List A) match for Barbados on 13 February 1978; again he made a duck and did not take a wicket. Four days later, he made his first-class debut against Jamaica, and whilst he failed to score runs he claimed 6-77 in the Jamaican first innings. On the back of this single first-class appearance he was selected to tour India in 1978/79, many first-choice West Indian stars being unavailable having committed themselves to playing World Series Cricket. Marshall heard of his selection on the radio while working in the storeroom at Banks Brewery, and later claimed he did not know where India was.

Marshall made his Test début in the Second Test at Bangalore on 15 December 1978. He immediately developed a career-long antipathy to Dilip Vengsarkar due to his agressive appealing. Despite doing little of note in the three Tests he played on that tour, he did take 37 wickets in all first-class games, and Hampshire saw enough in him to take him on as their overseas player for 1979, remaining with the county until 1993. He was in West Indies' World Cup squad, but did not play a match in the tournament. Hampshire were not doing well at the time,[citation needed] but nevertheless he took 47 first-class wickets, as well as picking up 5-13 against Glamorgan in the John Player League.

Sylvester Clarke (1954-1999) Test Cap No:165

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Full name Sylvester Theophilus Clarke
Born December 11, 1954, Lead Vale, Christ Church, Barbados
Died December 4, 1999, Christ Church, Barbados (aged 44 years 358 days)
Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Northern Transvaal, Orange Free State, Surrey, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast

Biography
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Sylvester Theophilus Clarke was a West Indian cricketer who played 11 Tests and 10 One Day Internationals.Born in Christ Church, Barbados, Clarke attended St Bartholomew's Boys' School. A tall, strong, barrel-chested and powerfully built man (he weighed 15 stone -210lbs.during his international career), Clarke was born to be an intimidating fast bowler and commenced his cricketing career with Bridgetown club side, Kent. He made his first-class debut for Barbados on 19 January 1978 against Combined Islands and finished the season with 22 wickets at 25.18, highlighted by a return of 6/39, including a hat trick, against Trinidad and Tobago.

The right-armer, having developed an extremely fearsome bouncer, soon became one of the most respected bowlers in the West Indies and, following the defection of many of the West Indian team to World Series Cricket, Clarke made his full Test debut at Bourda Cricket Ground in Georgetown, Guyana against the touring Australian team on 31 March 1978. Clarke took 6/141 in a convincing debut, before injuring an ankle which kept him out of the rest of the series.

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Clarke was subsequently selected for the West Indies' tour of India in 1978–79, taking 21 wickets at 33.85, including his Test best figures of 5/126 in the 2nd Test at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. He then toured Pakistan in 1980–81 where he took 14 Test wickets at 17.28 before gaining his first taste of controversy. During the 4th Test at Multan, Clarke was pelted with oranges and stones by spectators whilst fielding on the boundary.Enraged, he responded by picking up a nearby brick and hurling it into the crowd, badly injuring a spectator who later required emergency surgery.A near riot was averted only when Clarke's teammate Alvin Kallicharan got down on bended knee to apologise to the crowd. Reflecting wryly on the incident many years later, Phil Edmonds wrote that the brick "probably swung in late and viciously before hitting him on the head,".

Clarke was subsequently suspended for three matches from the team for his actions. Having already been selected ahead of Michael Holding to face Ian Botham's England side, Clarke was now forced to drop out of the squad.Returning from suspension, Clarke found himself out of favour with the selectors and unable to break back into an already extremely strong West Indian bowling line-up boasting such talents as Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall and Colin Croft.

Richard Arkwright Austin (1954-2015) Test Cap No:162

Full name Richard Arkwright Austin
Born September 5, 1954, Jones Town, Kingston, Jamaica
Died February 7, 2015 (aged 60 years 155 days)
Major teams West Indies, Jamaica, West Indies Young Cricketers
Nickname Danny Germs
Batting style Right-hand bat

Biography
Richard Arkwright Austin (5 September 1954 – 7 February 2015) was an international cricketer from Jamaica, who played two Tests and one One Day International for the West Indies.Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Austin represented the Jamaica Under 19s before making his first-class cricket debut for Jamaica on 21 March 1975 against Trinidad and Tobago at Jarrett Park, Montego Bay,making 0 and 74 and taking three wickets for 34 runs (3/34).Austin made his List A cricket debut for Jamaica on 22 February 1976 against Barbados at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, opening the batting and scoring three, and taking 0/7 from two overs.

Continuing good form by Austin saw him come into contention for a place in the strong West Indies side and he was accepted an offer in 1977 to join World Series Cricket, a private cricket competition run by Kerry Packer. When an Australian side minus its WSC players toured the West Indies in March 1978, Austin was included in the first two Tests of the series, scoring two, 20 and taking 0/5. He was then originally chosen for the Third Test at Bourda Cricket Ground, but his omission from the side, along with fellow World Series Cricketers Desmond Haynes and Deryck Murray, led to the other WSC players in the West Indian side to refuse to play in the Test in protest.

Following his WSC stint from 1977 to 1979, Austin, resigned to the fact he would not make the West Indian side again, joined the Rebel West Indies team that twice toured South Africa during apartheid between 1982 and 1984 under the leadership of Lawrence Rowe.Rowe apologised on 20 June 2011, to the cricketing fraternity of Jamaica, the Caribbean and the rest of the world on behalf of that ill-fated team.Austin also played in the Lancashire League for Church Cricket Club in 1978 and Enfield Cricket Club in 1982.Following his retirement from cricket, Austin took to alcohol and drugs and was homeless.His death was announced on 7 February 2015.

Richard Austin was a talented allrounder - a batsman who could bowl either medium pace or offspin as the situation demanded. He broke through into the West Indies side in 1977-78 - scoring 22 runs at 11.00 in the first two Tests - at the same time he signed for World Series Cricket. He was dropped for the third Test, along with some other rebels, prompting the walkout of the remaining Packer contractees. His form was not affected by the furore and he ended the domestic season at the top of the national batting averages. He was only ever on the periphery of World Series, and after the settlement he never was in serious consideration for an international recall. Disenchanted, in 1982-83 he signed to take part in the rebel tour of South Africa and was subsequently banned for life. Thereafter his life fell apart and he became a homeless drugs addict. He briefly kicked the habit in the late 1990s, returning to coaching his local club, but soon returned to the streets. He was also a good enough footballer to play for Jamaica.

Test debut West Indies v Australia at Port of Spain, Mar 3-5, 1978
Last Test West Indies v Australia at Bridgetown, Mar 17-19, 1978
Only ODI West Indies v Australia at St John's, Feb 22, 1978
First-class span 1974-1983
List A span 1975-1983

Inshan Ali (1949-1995) Test Cap No:139

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Full name Inshan Ali
Born September 25, 1949, Preysal, Trinidad
Died June 24, 1995, Port of Spain, Trinidad (aged 45 years 272 days)
Major teams West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm chinaman

Profile
1973,England batman Frank Hayes drives Inshan Ali during,
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Inshan Ali (25 September 1949 – 24 June 1995) was a West Indian cricketer who played in 12 Tests from 1971 to 1977.Born in Preysal, Trinidad and Tobago, of Indian descent, Ali was a left-arm unorthodox spin bowler who made his first-class cricket debut for South Trinidad against North Trinidad on 15 April 1966, aged just 16 years and 202 days. He took three wickets for 89 runs.In his second match, for Trinidad and Tobago against Windward Islands, Ali took 5/32,and, following further good performances, was selected in the West Indies Board President's team to play the touring Marylebone Cricket Club side.Ali continued to perform well, if unpredictably, at domestic level and was often a trump card for Trinidad at the spin friendly Port-of-Spain,leading to his Test debut on 1 April 1971 against India at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, where he took 0/60 and 1/65.During the 1971/72 home series against New Zealand, Inshan was referred to as "astonishingly skilled and mature" for a player in his early twenties",who "is a small, slim man with short fingers; after a brisk little run his left arm flipped through quickly."

Keith David Boyce (1943-1996) Test Cap No:137

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Full name Keith David Boyce
Born October 11, 1943, Castle, St Peter, Barbados
Died October 11, 1996, Bridgetown, Barbados (aged 53 years 0 days)
Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Essex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Biography
Keith Boyce on the attack against England...
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`Stingray' was what they called him, Fletch says. Unpredictable or what. You never knew quite what excitement there would be in the next half-hour. Like carbon-dating, the reference to a kids' TV puppet show slots the first-class career of Keith Boyce into a time frame. It began in 1964 in his native Barbados and finally came to a close one June day in 1977 when he was forced out of the game he worshipped by a knee condition that left this marvellous, natural athlete hobbling arthritically for the rest of his life.

Keith Boyce in his delivery stride.....
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In 13 years, he had taken 852 wickets - 60 of them in 21 Test matches for West Indies but the vast bulk of them for his county home-from-home, Essex- with lithe, explosive pace bowling, and scored 8800 biff-bang-wallop runs at around 22 per innings. By some distance he bowled better than he batted: he was capable, though, of batting better than he did. His throwing arm was a cannon. `We all backed up when Boycey had the ball,' Fletcher remembers. `Specially if Tonker was keeping,' he adds wistfully. As a limited-overs cricketer Boyce was supreme at that time: the first to the 100-wicket/1000-run double in the John Player League, and figures of 8 for 26 against Lancashire, still a Sunday record.

The knee injury, legacy of the strain placed on the joints by years of revving the Boyce of sharing in the spoils to which his career was a precursor. Initially under the sergeant-major leadership of Brian `Tonker' Taylor, and then as part of Keith Fletcher's small group of mad-cap renegades, he was a keystone in the foundations of the modern Essex. Given decent fitness, he might reasonably have played on into the early 1980s and shared in the triumphs. Instead, by 1979, when the county won its very first trophies, he was back home in Barbados, pining for the game.

Jack Mollinson Noreiga (1936-2003) Test Cap No:136

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Full name Jack Mollinson Noreiga
Born April 15, 1936, St Joseph, Trinidad
Died August 8, 2003, Port of Spain, Trinidad (aged 67 years 115 days)
Major teams West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Profile
Jack Noreiga, who died in his native Trinidad on August 8 aged 67, carried a remarkable record with him to his grave. In spite of a career that began and ended in the same 1971 series against India and lasted four Tests, he remains the only West Indian to take nine wickets in a Test innings.

G Cleophas Shillingford (1944-2009) Test Cap No:134

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Full name Grayson Cleophas Shillingford
Born September 25, 1944, Macoucherie, Dublanc, Dominica
Died December 23, 2009, Salisbury, Dominica (aged 65 years 89 days)
Major teams West Indies, Combined Islands, Windward Islands
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Biography
A brisk right-arm bowler with a peculiar outward-curving run up, Grayson Shillingford failed to establish himself in a West Indies side in transition in the late 1960s and early 1970s despite briefly being hailed as the successor to the legacy of Hall and Griffith. He was picked for the 1969 tour of England despite only making his first-class debut the previous winter and taking three wickets in three matches. He started the tour well but tore a muscle which sidelined him for a month; when he returned he was immediately drafted into the side for the second Test at Lord's where he took four wickets. He kept his place for the final Test at The Oval where he was wicketless, ending the tour with 36 wickets at 18.58. He played against India in 1970-71 and New Zealand in 1971-72 but thereafter drifted out of the reckoning as Keith Boyce and Bernard Julien established themselves. He continued playing domestic cricket for the Winward Island and latterly for the Combined Islands until 1978-79.

Roy Clifton Fredericks (1942-2000) Test Cap No.129

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Full name Roy Clifton Fredericks
Born November 11, 1942, Blairmont, East Bank, Berbice, British Guiana
Died September 5, 2000, New York, United States of America (aged 57 years 299 days)
Major teams West Indies, British Guiana, Glamorgan, Guyana
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm chinaman

Biography
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Roy Fredericks, who died of cancer on September 5, 2000, aged 57, was one of the handful of batsmen who distinguished themselves by counter-attacking the great pace bowlers of the 1970s. He is remembered best for his blazing performance at Perth in 1975-76, when he raced to one of the most astonishing of all Test centuries. This series was eventually won 5-1 by Australia, with Lillee and Thomson at full pelt. But in the second Test, on an incredibly fast WACA pitch, Fredericks took them on in amazing fashion. The harder they banged the ball in, the harder he cut and hooked. Into the second morning, he opened what might have been a diffident reply to Australia's 329: at lunch West Indies were 130 for on off 14 eight-ball overs; the 200 came up in the 22nd. Fredericks went on to reach a hundred from 71 balls and, though he grew tired, turned it into a match-winning 169.

George Stephen Camacho (1945-2015) Test Cap # 126

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Full name George Stephen Camacho
Born October 15, 1945, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana
Died October 2, 2015, Antigua (aged 69 years 352 days)
Major teams West Indies, British Guiana, Guyana
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
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Relation Grandfather - GC Learmond, Father - GA Camacho, Uncle - AAM Learmond

Profile
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Steve Camacho came from a solid cricketing background (his grandfather, GC Learmond, played first-class cricket for Barbados and Trinidad) and was a decent Test opener and a pioneer in West Indies cricket administration. He was the WICB's first full-time employee and was at various stages secretary, chief executive and a Test selector. He played 11 Tests himself, his sober style perfectly complementing the expansive batsmanship of his opening partners Roy Fredericks and Seymour Nurse.

He topped the averages in England in 1969 but never made a Test hundred. The closest he came was in Trinidad in 1967-68 when he made 87, a match notorious for a generous declaration from Garry Sobers that allowed England to romp to a seven-wicket victory.

George Stephen (Steve) Camacho was a West Indian cricketer who played in eleven Tests from 1968 to 1971 as an opening batsman and occasional leg-spin bowler.Camacho was part of the West Indian Test side for four series: 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969, 1970-71. His final tour was to England in 1973: in only the second game, his cheekbone was fractured by a bouncer from Hampshire's Andy Roberts and he left the side, never to play another Test.After retirement in 1979, Camacho served West Indies cricket as selector then secretary and later as chief executive of the West Indies Cricket Board. He was the author of a book Cricket at Bourda: Celebrating the Georgetown Cricket Club. He died on October 2, 2015.

Test debut West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Jan 19-24, 1968
Last Test West Indies v India at Port of Spain, Mar 6-10, 1971
First-class span 1964/65 - 1978/79
List A span 1969 - 1977/78

Michael Conrad Carew (1937-2011) Test Cap No:120

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Full name Michael Conrad Carew
Born September 15, 1937, Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Died January 8, 2011, Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Trinidad (aged 73 years 115 days)
Major teams West Indies, Trinidad
Batting style Left-hand bat
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Profile
An attractive left-hand opener, Joey Carew scored one hundred in his 19 Tests, his 1127 runs coming at an average of 34.15. He also took eight wickets with his part-time legspin, and captained Trinidad & Tobago, becoming the first person to lead them to back-to-back Shell Shield titles.He had only played 13 first-class matches in eight years when picked to tour England in 1963, and despite a moderate start to the summer, a century against Glamorgan was enough for him to be picked for the first and third Test of the series.He did not manage a hundred between the end of that tour and the next trip to England three years later, but still made the squad and another timely hundred earned him a call-up for the second Test, but after making 0 and 2 he was immediately dropped.Ten fifties and a hundred on the tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1968-69 helped him secure a regular place in the side, and it was against New Zealand he made his only Test hundred - 109 at Auckland.

Lester Anthony King (1939-1998) Test Cap No:119

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Full name Lester Anthony King
Born February 27, 1939, St Catherine, Jamaica
Died July 9, 1998, Kingston, Jamaica (aged 59 years 132 days)
Major teams West Indies, Bengal, Jamaica
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast

Biography
Lester King, who died on July 9, 1998, aged 59, of a liver complaint, was one of West Indies' leading fast bowlers of the 1960s. Unfortunately for him, the presence of Hall, Griffith and the multi-talented Sobers confined him to just two Tests. But in 1961-62 he made perhaps the most sensational of all entries into international cricket, aged 23, after just two matches for his native Jamaica. He was called in to open the bowling with Wes Hall against India at Sabina Park, and took five wickets in his first four overs. That left India 26 for five, and he finished with five for 46.

Ivor Leon Mendonca (1934-2014) Test Cap No:116

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Full name Ivor Leon Mendonca
Born July 13, 1934, Bartica, Essequibo, British Guiana
Died June 14, 2014, Davis Memorial Hospital, Georgetown, Guyana (aged 79 years 336 days)
Major teams West Indies, British Guiana
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Biography
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Ivor Mendonca was a reliable wicketkeeper-batsman who had the misfortune to be at his peak at a time when there was no vacancy in the West Indies squad. His two Test appearances came when Jackie Hendriks was injured, in the second and fourth Tests against India in 1961-62. In his debut, at Kingston, he scored 78 and took four catches and a stumping; in his other Test he again made five dismissals. But despite this, Deryck Murray was preferred for the 1963 England tour and Mendonca was not chosen again. His second Test outing was also his final first-class

Ivor Leon Mendonca was a West Indian cricketer who played in two Tests in 1962.A wicket-keeper and useful batsman, he played for British Guiana from 1958-59 to 1961-62. On his first-class debut against Barbados he opened the batting and scored 74 and 27, and in his second match, also against Barbados, he made 5 and 69. He later batted down the order.

He made his Test debut against India in the Second Test at Kingston in 1961-62, when batting at number eight he made 78, his highest first-class score, adding 127 for the seventh wicket with Gary Sobers and 74 for the eighth wicket with Charlie Stayers.He lost his place to David Allan for the Third Test, returned for the Fourth, then was replaced by Allan again for the Fifth. The Fourth Test was his last first-class match.Mendonca was born in Bartica British Guiana. His parents were Ineas Mendonca and Osmond Mendonca. Ivor Mendonca is the oldest of 10 brothers and sisters. He suffered cancer of the larynx and prostate and died in 2014.He was the uncle of English Footballer Clive Mendonca.

Test debut West Indies v India at Kingston, Mar 7-12, 1962
Last Test West Indies v India at Port of Spain, Apr 4-9, 1962
First-class span 1958-1962

Sven Conrad Stayers (1937-2005) Test Cap No:115

Full name Sven Conrad Stayers
Born June 9, 1937, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana
Died January 6, 2005, London (aged 67 years 211 days)
Major teams West Indies, British Guiana, Mumbai
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Profile
 Sven Conrad Stayers, died on January 6, 2005. He was 67. "Charlie" Stayers was a tall, loose-limbed fast bowler from British Guiana who was also a batsman useful enough to make a century against Barbados in 1958-59. He was in the West Indian 12 for the First Test against England the following season, but did not play, possibly because of worries about his bowling action - he had been called for throwing in a domestic game in 1958-59. Stayers did play in four Tests against India in 1961-62, taking nine wickets at 40, but failed to make the 1963 tour of England.

Jaswick Ossie Taylor (1932-1999) Test Cap No:102

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Full name Jaswick Ossie Taylor
Born January 3, 1932, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Died November 13, 1999, Port of Spain, Trinidad (aged 67 years 314 days)
Major teams West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Biography
Jaswick Ossie Taylor, who died in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on November 13 aged 67, was a slim but strong fast bowler of lively pace. He was bothered by back trouble early in his career and had played only five matches for Trinidad when he earned selection for West Indies in the final Test of the 1958 home series against Pakistan at the Queen's Park Oval. Required to take up the slack after Roy Gilchrist sprained an ankle and was restricted to seven overs, Taylor sent down 36.5 overs and his stamina and persistence were rewarded with figures of 5 for 109 in Pakistan's only innings of 496.

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Ivan Samuel Madray (1934-2009) Test Cap No:101

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Full name Ivan Samuel Madray
Born July 2, 1934, Port Mourant, Berbice, British Guiana
Died April 23, 2009, Georgetown Public Hospital (aged 74 years 295 days)
Major teams West Indies, British Guiana, Lincolnshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak

Profile
Ivan Madray was a middle-order batsman and legbreak bowler who played two Tests against Pakistan in 1957-58 with no success, scoring three runs and taking one wicket. His first-class career consisted of only six matches and was over by the time he was 24. He subsequently moved to England and played for Lincolnshire.Former Guyana and West Indies cricketer Ivan Madray died aged 74 at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Thursday, a day after being admitted with hypertension.A middle-order batsman and leg break bowler, Madray played two Tests against Pakistan in 1957-58, scoring three runs and taking one wicket. His first-class career comprised six matches and was over by the time he was 24, after which he moved to England and played for Lincolnshire.

Conrad Cleophas Hunte (1932-1999) Test Cap No:98

Conrad Hunte poses with a bat....
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Full name Conrad Cleophas Hunte
Born May 9, 1932, Greenland Plantation, Shorey's Village, St Andrew, Barbados
Died December 3, 1999, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (aged 67 years 208 days)
Major teams West Indies, Barbados
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
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Profile
Conrad Hunte on tour in England,
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Sir Conrad Cleophas Hunte died of a heart attack after playing tennis in Sydney on December 3, 1999, aged 67. Conrad Hunte was one of the greatest West Indian batsmen of a great generation; he also played a major role in the reconstruction of South African cricket, and was a figure of moral authority in the wider world. As a batsman, Hunte could match anyone stroke-for-stroke, especially on the leg side, if he wanted. But he subdued his attacking nature in Test cricket to let his team-mates play their shots, a decision which was vital in making the West Indian side of the early 1960s one of the most complete of all time. It was an early signal of the determined thoughtfulness that was to stamp his whole life.

Conrad Hunte walks out.....
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Hunte was born in a one-room house on Barbados's Atlantic coast. His father worked on a sugar plantation, and Conrad was the oldest of nine children. He began playing cricket with the village boys at the age of six, using a palm-frond as a bat. His father was more anxious that he should get an education, and prevailed enough to ensure that his teenage son got work as a primary school teacher. But cricket slowly won the contest. Batting first in a representative match between two local leagues at Kensington Oval in 1950-51, Hunte was dropped on nought by Denis Atkinson, and went on to 137 not out. That secured him a place in the Barbados team when he was just 18, and he made 63 on debut against Trinidad. However, there was little first-class cricket in the Caribbean at that time, and his progress was frustratingly slow. He made 151 and 95 for Barbados in the important matches against E. W. Swanton's XI in 1955-56, and hoped that would get him selected for the 1957 tour of England.

Eric St Eval Atkinson (1927-1998) Test Cap No:97

Full name Eric St Eval Atkinson
Born November 6, 1927, Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados
Died May 29, 1998 (aged 70 years 204 days)
Major teams West Indies, Barbados
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

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Eric St Eval Atkinson, who died after a long illness on May 29, 1998, aged 70, played eight Tests for West Indies in the late 1950s. He made his debut as a 30-year-old opening bowler at Bridgetown in 1957-58, alongside his older and better-known brother Denis, playing his last Test. The Atkinsons were the third pair of brothers to play together for West Indies, after the Grants and the Stollmeyers; there have been none since. In his second game, at Sabina Park a month later, Eric took five for 42, a performance that was somewhat overshadowed by Garry Sobers's 365 not out.

A tearaway bowler in his youth, Atkinson was not very successful when he first played for Barbados: three wickets in his first nine matches. But he had settled down to bowl fast-medium swing by the time he got into the Test team; he was said to have used reverse swing long before anyone had a name for it. Atkinson was chosen to tour the subcontinent a year later and, in his last Test, helped set up victory at Lahore with figures of 12-8-15-3, as Pakistan were bowled out for 104.

Test debut West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, Jan 17-23, 1958
Last Test Pakistan v West Indies at Lahore, Mar 26-31, 1959
First-class span 1949-1959

F.C Murray Alexander (1928-2011) Test Cap No:96

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Full name Franz Copeland Murray Alexander
Born November 2, 1928, Kingston, Jamaica
Died April 16, 2011, Orange Grove, St Andrew, Jamaica (aged 82 years 165 days)
Major teams West Indies, Cambridge University, Jamaica
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

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Franz Copeland Murray "Gerry" Alexander was a Jamaican cricketer who played 25 Tests for the West Indies. He was a wicket-keeper who had 90 dismissals in his 25 Test appearances and, though his batting average was around 30 in both Test and first class cricket, his only first-class century came in a Test on the 1960-61 tour of Australia.Alexander was the last white man to captain the West Indies cricket team. He led the West Indies against Pakistan at home in 1958, on the tour of India and Pakistan in 1958-59 and against England in 1960. He would not tolerate the indiscipline of Roy Gilchrist on the tour of India and sent him home before the team reached Pakistan.He was educated at Wolmer’s Boys' School, which was founded in 1729 and is one of the oldest schools in the West Indies. He then attended Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He played for the Cambridge cricket team in both 1952 and 1953, winning a Blue in both years for appearing in the University Match against Oxford. He also won a Blue at football, and went on to win an England amateur cap and an FA Amateur Cup winner’s medal in 1953 playing for Pegasus. He played cricket for Cambridgeshire in 1954 and 1955.

Nyron Sultan Asgarali (1920-2006) Test Cap No:95

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Full name Nyron Sultan Asgarali
Born December 28, 1920, St James, Trinidad
Died November 5, 2006, Trinidad (aged 85 years 312 days)
Major teams West Indies, Trinidad
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

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Nyron Asgarali was an opening bat with a solid defence who established himself for Trinidad by scoring 103, 128 and 83 in successive matches against British Guiana in 1951-52. Curiously his first-class career spanned 20 years but he played only 50 games, and did not play more than three first-class games in any season save the 1957 tour of England, when he made 21 appearances. By this stage he was 37 years old, and although he struggled in his two Tests, he totalled 1011 runs on the tour at an average of 29.73. He had previously played cricket for Enfield in the Lancashire leagues, and this local knowledge was probably a factor in his selection.In later years he served on the South Management committee of the Trinidad Cricket Council. He managed the 1983 Trinidad and Tobago Shell Shield teams and served as liaison officer to the visiting Australia, New Zealand and England teams 1984-86.

Test debut England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 20-22, 1957
Last Test England v West Indies at The Oval, Aug 22-24, 1957
First-class span 1940-1963

Roy Gilchrist (1934-2001) Test Cap No:93

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Full name Roy Gilchrist
Born June 28, 1934, Seaforth, St Thomas, Jamaica
Died July 18, 2001, Portmore, St Catherine, Jamaica (aged 67 years 20 days)
Major teams West Indies, Hyderabad (India), Jamaica
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast

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Roy Gilchrist, died at Portmore, St Catherine, in his native Jamaica on July 18, 2001, aged 67. The image of a bowler of genuinely high pace stricken with Parkinson's disease is a dolorous one, but such was Roy Gilchrist's fate. Following his brief but dramatic Test career, he had lived in England for many years, marrying and, not always in peaceful accord, rearing seven children before returning to the West Indies in 1985. He was accorded a ready welcome, but he was troubled by his health and by persistent hard times. His childhood on a sugar plantation had been impoverished and rough, and, in Michael Manley's sympathetic analysis, he was "burdened by those tensions which so often run like scars across the landscape of the personalities of people who come from poverty".

Certainly he was awkward to manage, insufferably so at times, and his Test career came to a precipitate termination in 1958-59 when his hard-pressed captain, Gerry Alexander, with the support of the senior players, dispatched "Gilly" home from India before the Pakistan leg of West Indies' tour of the subcontinent. Constant friction with Alexander off the field, coupled with over-aggressive bowling on it, including the unacceptable use of the beamer, was the cause. Banished from the international scene, he found professional slots in England, where he had toured in 1957 with mixed fortune. He played in the Lancashire leagues for a variety of clubs, including Middleton (for whom he took a total of 280 wickets in 1958 and 1959), going on to take 100 wickets every year until 1979. However, tales of atrocity, some perhaps arising from the proverbial tendency to give a dog a bad name, continued to emerge about his violently over-reactive attitude to batsmen and his unsparing use of the bouncer. Even charity matches were not free from his ferocious assaults: on one such occasion, at Werneth, that resolute Australian Cec Pepper luridly but successfully remonstrated with Gilchrist in terms not suitable to print.
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Gilchrist's venomous bowling was the expression of a fiery, hostile personality. Of medium height, but long-armed and strong, he spearheaded, along with the young Wes Hall, the late 20th-century West Indian phalanx of unremittingly fast bowlers. Not since the heady days of Learie Constantine and Manny Martindale had they enjoyed so forceful an attack. Although Gilchrist's 21 wickets had cost almost 31 each when Pakistan toured the Caribbean in 1957-58, he was demonic in India, taking 26 in his four Tests at 16.11. In his best Test figures of six for 55, at Calcutta, five were bowled. All told, his 57 Test wickets in 13 outings averaged 26.68, while in 42 first-class matches his haul was 167 at 26, including one astonishing return of six for 16 at Nagpur when the West Indians bowled out a Combined Universities XI for 49. Roy Gilchrist played only five times for Jamaica, between 1956-57 and 1961-62, and he also had six games for Indian sides in 1962-63, when a number of West Indians were recruited to harden Indian batsmen to pace bowling.

Test debut England v West Indies at Birmingham, May 30-Jun 4, 1957
Last Test India v West Indies at Delhi, Feb 6-11, 1959
First-class span 1956-1963

Alphonso Roberts (1937-1996) Test Cap No:92

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Full name Alphonso Theodore Roberts
Born September 18, 1937, Kingstown, St Vincent
Died July 24, 1996, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (aged 58 years 310 days)
Major teams West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago, Windward Islands
Batting style Right-hand bat

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Born in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on September 18, 1937, Alfie Roberts attended St. George’s Anglican School and then St. Vincent Boy's Grammar School. While at the Grammar School, Roberts excelled in both soccer and cricket and, upon the recommendation of cricket great Sir Everton Weekes, he was awarded a scholarship to Queen's Royal College in Trinidad and Tobago. It was during this period that he was selected to the West Indies cricket team. Along with Sir Everton Weekes and the legendary Gary Sobers, he toured New Zealand with the West Indies team in 1955-56. He was only 18 years of age, one of the youngest ever to play international cricket.

Alfie Roberts’ interest in education and politics took precedence over sport and by 1961 he was no longer playing competitive cricket. Between 1958 and 1962, he worked as a civil servant for the government of St. Vincent before emigrating to Canada to attend Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) in Montreal.The first `small islander' to represent West Indies, Alphonso Theodore Roberts died in Montreal of gall-bladder cancer on July 24, aged 59. An innings of 74 for the Combined Islands against Trinidad in March 1955 brought the young man from St. Vincent to prominence, and at 19 he was selected for the following winter's tour of New Zealand. His solitary cap came at Auckland, where he made 28 and 0 in the match which saw NZ record their first Test victory after 26 years of trying. After the tour, on which he made only 137 runs, he moved to Trinidad, where he encountered criticism from some who objected to his selection ahead of local-born players. He soon returned to St. Vincent, leaving former West Indian captain Jeff Stollmeyer lamenting that ` Trinidad was the great loser for missing such a great talent and yet so young'.

Norman Edgar Marshall (1924-2007) Test Cap No:89

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Full name Norman Edgar Marshall
Born February 27, 1924, Welchman Hall Plantation, St Thomas, Barbados
Died August 11, 2007, Hastings, Christ Church (aged 83 years 165 days)
Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

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Although Roy Marshall gained more prominence through his exploits as Hampshire's flamboyant opening batsman, his brother Norman, six years his senior, was a valuable allrounder for Barbados and, briefly, for Trinidad during a lengthy career that coincided with the emergence of West Indies as a genuine force in the world game. He overcame a discouraging debut for Barbados, aged 17 (out for 0, batting No.11, and conceding 100 runs from 15 wicketless eight-ball overs against Trinidad) to develop into a sound batsman and a quickish, miserly offspinner. When Roy joined him at Barbados in 1946, aged 15 years nine months, then the West Indies' youngest first-class cricketer,

Cyril Clairmonte Depeiaza (1928-1995) Test Cap No:88

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Full name Cyril Clairmonte Depeiaza
Born October 10, 1928, Mount Standfast, St James, Barbados
Died November 10, 1995, Manchester, Lancashire, England (aged 67 years 31 days)
Major teams West Indies, Barbados
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

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Co-holder of the Test seventh-wicket record, Cyril Clairmonte Depeiaza died in November at the age of 67. When `Leaning Tower' Depeiaza joined his captain and fellow Barbadian Denis Atkinson at the crease in the fourth Test against Australia at Bridgetown in May 1955, West Indies were 147 for 6 in reply to Australia's massive 668. In an epic, matchsaving stand the pair, who came together towards the end of the third day of the six-day Test, batted throughout the fourth day. In all they added 347, breaking the previous-best for that wicket by three runs. Their partnership remains a record for Test cricket, but was surpassed at first-class level last winter when Bhupinder Singh junior and Pankaj Dharmani put on 460 for Punjab's seventh wicket in their Ranji Trophy semi-final at Delhi.

Lennox Stephen Butler (1929-2009) Test Cap No:87

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Full name Lennox Stephen Butler
Born February 9, 1929, Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Died September 1, 2009, Antigua (aged 80 years 204 days)
Major teams West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

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Lennox "Bunny" Butler had a brief first-class career as a fast-medium bowler. An irregular member of the Trinidad side, in 1954-55 he took 5 for 89 (his only first-class five-for) for them against the Australians, a performance which won him a place in the West Indies side for the second Test at Port of Spain. On a batsman's paradise, he took 2 for 151 as Australia ran up 600 for 9 and that was that. He played only one more first-class match, for Trinidad against EW Swanton's XI the following season.

Only Test West Indies v Australia at Port of Spain, Apr 11-16, 1955
First-class span 1948-1956

O'Neil Gordon Smith (1933-1959) Test Cap No:86

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Full name O'Neil Gordon Smith
Born May 5, 1933, Boys Town, Kingston, Jamaica
Died September 9, 1959, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England (aged 26 years 127 days)
Major teams West Indies, Jamaica
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

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O'Neill Gordon Smith, who died in hospital following injuries received in a motor-car accident, took part in 26 Test matches between 1955 and 1959, scoring 1,331 runs, including four centuries. His death came as a heavy blow to the West Indies, for much had been hoped from him against Peter May's MCC team last winter
Smith's interest in cricket began at the age of seven and, such was his rapid advance, he gained a place in the team at St. Alban's School, Jamaica, when nine and became captain inside three years. Later at Kingston College he progressed still further, but not till 1955 did he first appear for Jamaica. This was against the visiting Australians and he gave full evidence of his quality by playing an innings of 169, he and AP Binns putting on 277 for the sixth wicket. That performance earned him a place in the opening Test match and, by hitting 104 in the second innings, he joined the list of men who obtained a century on Test debut. His success in three other Tests in the series was limited - indeed, he was dismissed for 0 and 0 in the second - but, with characteristic cheerfulness, he did not allow setbacks to deter him and from 1956, when he toured New Zealand, his place in the team was firmly established.

Glendon Lionel Gibbs (1925-1979) Test Cap No:85

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Full name Glendon Lionel Gibbs
Born December 27, 1925, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana
Died February 21, 1979, Georgetown, Demerara, Guyana (aged 53 years 56 days)
Major teams West Indies, British Guiana
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

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Glendon Lionel Gibbs, died at Georgetown, Guyana on February 21, aged 53. A left-handed opening bat with a sound defence and a slow left-arm bowler, he played for British Guiana throughout the 1950s, and is chiefly remembered for an innings of 216 against Barbados at Georgetown in 1952 when he and L. Wight, who scored 262, put on 390 for the first wicket; still a record for first-class cricket in the West Indies. In 1955 he played in the first Test against the Australians. He was, until his death, Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board of Control and represented it on the West Indies Board of Control.

Clifford Aubrey McWatt (1922-1997) Test Cap No:83

Full name Clifford Aubrey McWatt
Born February 1, 1922, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana
Died July 20, 1997, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (aged 75 years 169 days)
Major teams West Indies, British Guiana
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

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McWatt, Clifford Aubrey, died on July 12, 1997, aged 75, after a car crash in Canada. Cliff McWatt played for British Guiana from 1943-44 to 1956-57, and was one of the wicket-keepers tried by West Indies after Clyde Walcott injured his back and was forced to give up the job. McWatt was a useful left-hand batsman and a nimble keeper, who was Walcott's deputy on the 1948-49 tour of India but did not get his Test chance until five years later.