Wednesday, January 11

Oscar Charles Scott (1892-1961) Test Cap No:13

Full name Oscar Charles Scott
Born August 14, 1892, Franklyn Town, Kingston, Jamaica
Died June 15, 1961, Matildas Corner, Kingston, Jamaica (aged 68 years 305 days)
Major teams West Indies, Jamaica
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly

Oscar Charles Scott, who died at Kingston, Jamaica, on June 16, aged 67, played for Jamaica and in eight Test matches for the West Indies. A batsman and slow leg-break bowler, Tommy Scott toured England in 1928, playing in two Test matches. When visiting Australia in 1930-31,

Edward Lisle Goldsworthy Hoad (1896-1986) Test Cap No:12

Full name Edward Lisle Goldsworthy Hoad
Born January 29, 1896, Richmond, St Michael, Barbados
Died March 5, 1986, Bridgetown, Barbados (aged 90 years 35 days)
Major teams West Indies, Barbados
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly

Hoad, Edward Lisle Goldsworthy, who died in Bridgetown, Barbados, on March 5, 1986, aged 90, was West Indies' first captain in a Test match in the West Indies and, at the time of his death, their oldest Test cricketer. A tall, correct right-handed bat, he was slow in running into form when he came to England in 1928 but went on to head the West Indians' averages with 765 runs at 36.42 and in all matches passed 1,000 runs. An unbeaten innings of 149 against Worcestershire gained him a place in the side for the second Test at Old Trafford, but after scores of 13 and 4 he did not play at The Oval. At the end of the tour, he scored 145 in a 12-a-side game against J. Cahn's team at the Loughborough Road ground in Nottingham, followed by 124 against a strong Leveson Gower's XI at Scarborough, going in at the fall of the first wicket and, batting with skill and judgement, being last out. But his dropping of Haig probably allowed Leveson Gower's XI to avoid the follow-on and they recovered to win the match.

Joseph A Small (1892-1958) Test Cap No:11

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Full name Joseph A Small
Born November 3, 1892, Princes Town, Trinidad
Died April 26, 1958, Forest Reserve, Trinidad (aged 65 years 174 days)
Major teams West Indies (Test: 1928-1929/30); Trinidad (Main FC: 1909/10-1931/32); West Indies (Other FC: 1912/13-1929/30); West Indians (Other FC: 1923-1928); British Guiana and Trinidad (Other FC: 1927/28); CA Wiles' XII (Other FC: 1927/28); Rest of West Indies (Other FC: 1927/28); West Indies XI (Other FC: 1928/29);
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

L. Constantine, Joe Small and Barto Bartlett © Getty Images
Joseph A. Small was a West Indian cricketer who played in West Indies' first Test in their inaugural Test tour of England. He scored the first half century for a West Indies player in Test cricket and played two further Test matches in his career. An all-rounder, he played domestic cricket for Trinidad between 1909 and 1932.

Small first played cricket in Trinidad for a club of low social status. After establishing himself in the Trinidad team, he soon made a name for himself as a batsman and was one of the few black batsmen in the West Indies team at the time. For Trinidad, he was one of the cricketers instrumental in breaking the dominance of the Barbados cricket team in the Inter-Colonial Tournament. He first played for West Indies in 1912–13 and, after the First World War, was chosen to tour England twice. He was moderately successful on the 1923 tour, but was less effective in 1928. Small played in the middle of the batting order; he bowled either medium-fast or off breaks. He died in 1958.

Wilton H St Hill (1893-1957) Test Cap No:10
Full name Wilton H St Hill
Born July 6, 1893, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Died 1957, Trinidad (aged 63 years days)
Major teams West Indies (Test: 1928-1929/30); Trinidad (Main FC: 1911/12-1929/30); West Indies (Other FC: 1925/26-1929/30); British Guiana and Trinidad (Other FC: 1927/28); CA Wiles' XII (Other FC: 1927/28); Rest of West Indies (Other FC: 1927/28); West Indians (Other FC: 1928)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

Wilton St Hill was one of the first high-class black batsmen to emerge from the Caribbean. Tall and athletic, he was strong off his legs, and he made his debut for Trinidad in 1912-13 aged 19. By the time West Indies begun to be considered for Test status he was already well past 30, and when in 1925-26 he hammered 105 off the touring MCC, Lord Harris commented that he thought St Hill to be the finest batsman in the West Indies. Much was expected when he toured England with West Indies in 1928 - their first official tour - but he was a huge disappointment, making 54 runs in four innings, and only 262 at 10.91 in the entire summer. In 1929-30 he again impressed against MCC with another hundred, but failed in the resulting Test at his home ground. It was his last first-class innings.

Clifford Archibald Roach (1904-1988) Test Cap No:9

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Full name Clifford Archibald Roach
Born March 13, 1904, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Died April 16, 1988, Port of Spain, Trinidad (aged 84 years 34 days)
Major teams West Indies (Test: 1928-1934/35); Trinidad (Main FC: 1923/24-1937/38); British Guiana and Trinidad (Other FC: 1927/28); CA Wiles' XII (Other FC: 1927/28); Rest of West Indies (Other FC: 1927/28); West Indians (Other FC: 1928-1933); West Indies (Other FC: 1928-1934/35); CA Merry's XI (Other FC: 1932/33);
British Guiana and Trinidad (1927/28)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak

Clifford Roach was the last surviving member of the side which, under R. K. Nunes, played in West Indies' First Test Match, at Lord's in 1928. In that match, batting in the middle order, he scored 0 ( run out) and 16, but it was in his customary position as an attacking opening batsman that, against England at Barbados in the First Test of 1929-30, he became the first West Indian to score a Test century.

His 122, containing twenty fours, was also his maiden first-class hundred, and he followed it with 77 in the second innings. To this distinction he added West Indies' first Test double-hundred two Tests later at Georgetown, having in the interim recorded a pair at his home ground, Port-of-Spain, and suggested subsequently to the selectors that he stand down. The wise men decided otherwise and, led by Roach's 209, a hundred in each innings from Headley and nine wickets by Constantine, West Indies won by 289 runs their first Test victory. Roach, who hit three sixes and 23 fours, put on 144 for the first wicket with Hunte and then 192 with Headley as he raced to his second hundred in 74 minutes. In the second innings he was stumped by Ames for 22.