Larry Gomes

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Larry Gomes
Personal information
Full name Hilary Angelo Gomes
Born (1953-07-13) 13 July 1953 (age 61)
Arima, Trinidad and Tobago
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Right-arm medium pace
International information
National side
Test debut 3 June 1976 v England
Last Test 12 March 1987 v New Zealand
ODI debut 12 April 1978 v Australia
Last ODI 6 February 1987 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1971–1988 Trinidad and Tobago
1973–1976 Middlesex
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 60 83 231 157
Runs scored 3,171 1,415 12,982 3,115
Batting average 39.63 28.87 40.56 28.84
100s/50s 9/13 1/6 32/63 2/13
Top score 143 101 200* 103*
Balls bowled 2,401 1,345 9,804 3,548
Wickets 15 41 107 84
Bowling average 62.00 25.48 39.23 28.48
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/20 4/31 4/22 4/31
Catches/stumpings 18/– 14/– 77/– 34/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 18 October 2010

Hilary "Larry" Angelo Gomes (born 13 July 1953) is a former Trinidad & Tobago and West Indian cricketer.

He toured England with the West Indian Schoolboys team in 1967 and he made his first-class debut as a left-handed batsman for Trinidad & Tobago versus the New Zealanders in 1971/72. He joined Middlesex in 1972 and played between 1973 and 1976. He won a Benson & Hedges Cup Gold Award.

He became a successful number three batsman for Trinidad and West Indies. He was also part of the team which reached the 1983 Cricket World Cup finals in England. Larry's flamboyant "fuzzball Afro" was not matched by flamboyant strokeplay; he regularly kept bat and pad close together.

The Packer years gave him his first international opportunity for West Indies and later, when the fences had been mended, he still kept his place. He was the slim, calm figure of reason amongst the mayhem that was created by the massive strokemakers that surrounded him. In this regard he was not a the average Caribbean batsman at all: slightly built, upright, elegant in that way that left-handers have, but an efficient batsman in times of strife rather than an exuberant destroyer.

Gomes scored six centuries against Australia, most notably one on a bouncy Perth strip in 1984 that set up an innings victory. However, he is also remembered in Australia as the batsman whose wicket Dennis Lillee took during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne in 1981 to break Lance Gibbs's world record for most Test wickets.[1][2]

Gomes' stroke range was very limited, favouring the twitch to leg, the odd cover drive, some slides down the gully and a sort of hook. He tended to leave anything wide of the stumps and waited for balls on bowled off-stump, which he worked away on the leg side.

In an Indian summer to his career, some 20 years after touring England as a schoolboy cricketer, he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1985 and the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima, is named after him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cave, Jason (13 November 2010). "Looking back at the 1981 Boxing Day Test". The Roar website. The Roar. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Boxing Day Test Memorable Moments #3 - Last ball Lillee gets Viv". Cricket Victoria website. Cricket Victoria. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 

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Preceded by
Harold Gibson
Nelson Cricket Club
Professional

1977–1978
Succeeded by
Stephen Howard