West Indian cricket team in England in 1923

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West Indian cricket team in England in 1923
Part of 1923 English cricket season
Date 19 May 1923 – 5 September 1923
Location United Kingdom
Result No representative matches played
Teams
 West Indies
Captains
HBG Austin
Most runs
G Challenor (1556)
JA Small (776)
PH Tarilton (554)
Most wickets
G Francis (82)
CR Browne (75)
VS Pascall (52)

The West Indian cricket team toured England in the 1923 season. The team played 28 matches between 19 May and 5 September 1923 of which 20 were regarded as first-class. This was the 3rd West Indian tour following those of 1900 and 1906.

The early weather was disappointing and little useful practice was possible before the tour started. 3 of the first 5 matches were lost but the remainder of the tour was much more successful and only 4 of the remaining 23 matches were lost. Because of the early poor results and the lack of representative matches public interest was rather limited.

George Challenor was by far the best batsman scoring twice as many runs as any other player at an average of over 50. He scored 6 of the 8 first class centuries scored by the team and 2 of the 3 in minor matches. George Francis led the bowling with 82 first class wickets at an average of just over 15. George John, Cyril Browne and Victor Pascall also made useful contributions with the ball. The fielding was generally regarded as of high standard with Learie Constantine's cover point fielding being particularly commented on.

Touring team[edit]

1923 West Indies Team

Harold Austin seems to have taken a large part inorganising the tour and after the 1922-23 Inter-Colonial Tournament in September 1922. He seems to have selected the Barbados, British Guiana and Trinidad tourists. Little was known of the Jamaica players and they were allocated just 3 places.

The 16 players that made up the team consisted of:

Name
H.B.G. Austin (c) Barbados
C.R. Browne British Guiana
G. Challenor Barbados
L.N. Constantine Trinidad
G.A.R. Dewhurst Trinidad
M.P. Fernandes British Guiana
G.N. Francis Barbados
J.K. Holt Jamaica
C.V. Hunter British Guiana
H.W. Ince Barbados
G. John Trinidad
R.K. Nunes (vc) Jamaica
V.S. Pascall Trinidad
R.L. Phillips Jamaica
J.A. Small Trinidad
P.H. Tarilton Barbados

Despite being 17 years since the last tour, two of the tourists, Austin and Challenor, had been part of the 1906 team. Learie Constantine was the son of Lebrun Constantine who had toured in 1900 and 1906. Victor Pascall was the uncle of Learie Constantine.

R.H. Mallett was the manager. Austin was chosen as captain and Nunes as vice-captain.

The professionals Francis and John were black as were Browne, Constantine, Holt, Pascall and Small amongst the amateurs.

Preliminaries[edit]

Except for the Jamaica representative the team sailed on the steam ship "Intaba" which left British Guiana on 9 April and, sailing via Trinidad and Barbaodos, reached Southampton on 30 April. The Jamaican players had arrived two days earlier.

The players practised at Lord's and practice matches were arranged including a match against the Indian Gymkhana but the weather was very cold.

Matches[edit]

Status[edit]

Of the 28 matches 8 were not regarded as first-class. These were the matches against Durham, Northumberland, Cheshire, Wiltshire, Lord Harris's XI, Dublin University, Northern Cricket Union, and Norfolk. These are shown in italics below.

Match 1 v Cambridge University[edit]

19, 21 May
West Indians
117
v Cambridge University
179
Lost by 9 wickets
Cambridge
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208 89/1

Match 2 v Sussex[edit]

23, 24 May
West Indians
213
v Sussex
190
Won by 26 runs
Hove
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75 72

Match 3 v M.C.C.[edit]

26, 28, 29 May
M.C.C.
228
v West Indians
121/8
Drawn
Lord's
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Match 4 v Hampshire[edit]

May 30,31
Hampshire
143
v West Indians
112
Lost by 144 runs
Southampton
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252/8 (dec) 139

Match 5 v Middlesex[edit]

2, 4, 5 June
Middlesex
337
v West Indians
264
Lost by 70 runs
Lord's
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82 75

Match 6 v Oxford University[edit]

6, 7, 8 June
Oxford University
390/6 (dec)
v West Indians
388
Won by 8 wickets
Oxford
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178 183/2

Match 7 v Essex[edit]

9, 11, 12 June
Essex
148
v West Indians
289
Won by 3 wickets
Ilford
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233 93/7

Match 8 v Durham[edit]

13, 14 June
West Indians
125
v Durham
63
Won by 180 runs
Darlington
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192 74

Match 9 v Northumberland[edit]

15, 16 June
West Indians
286
v Northumberland
118
Won by an innings and 9 runs
Newcastle
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159

Match 10 v Derbyshire[edit]

20, 21, 22 June
West Indians
97
v Derbyshire
75
Drawn
Buxton
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36/2

Match 11 v Northamptonshire[edit]

23, 25, 26 June
West Indians
324/5 (dec)
v Northamptonshire
229
Drawn
Northampton
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Match 12 v Lancashire[edit]

23, 25, 26 June
Lancashire
405
v West Indians
215
Drawn
Old Trafford
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121/5 309

Match 13 v Cheshire[edit]

27, 28, 29 June
West Indians
299
v Cheshire
162
Won by 140 runs
Macclesfield
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93/5 (dec) 90

Match 14 v Nottinghamshire[edit]

30, 2, 3 June July
Nottinghamshire
353
v West Indians
317
Drawn
Trent Bridge
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345 219/0

Match 15 v Leicestershire[edit]

4, 5, 6 July
West Indians
385
v Leicestershire
242
Drawn
Leicester
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109/4 (dec) 179/7

Match 16 v Wiltshire[edit]

11, 12 July
West Indians
356/8 (dec)
v Wiltshire
110
Won by an innings and 34 runs
Swindon
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212

Match 17 v Warwickshire[edit]

14, 16 July
Warwickshire
240
v West Indians
321
Won by 9 wickets
Edgbaston
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104 24/1

Match 18 v Lord Harris' XI[edit]

20, 21 July
Lord Harris's XI
117
v West Indians
80
Won by 3 wickets
Belmont
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126 164/7

Match 19 v Dublin University[edit]

23, 24 July
Dublin University
100
v West Indians
170
Won by 8 wickets
Dublin
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118 51/2

Match 20 v Northern Cricket Union[edit]

25, 26 July
West Indians
158
v Northern Cricket Union
131
Drawn
Belfast
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161 142/8

Match 21 v Gloucestershire[edit]

28, 30, 31 July
Gloucestershire
211
v West Indians
235
Drawn
Bristol
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Match 22 v Surrey[edit]

1, 2, 3 August
Surrey
87
v West Indians
305
Won by an 10 wickets
The Oval
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336 121/0

Match 23 v Glamorgan[edit]

4, 6, 7 August
Glamorgan
115
v West Indians
201
Lost by 43 runs
Cardiff
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324 195

Match 24 v Somerset[edit]

8, 9, 10 August
West Indians
306
v Somerset
112
Won by 190 runs
Weston-super-Mare
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134 130

Match 25 v Kent[edit]

18, 19, 20 August
Kent
205
v West Indians
154
Lost 171 runs
Canterbury
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250/8 (dec) 130

Match 26 v Norfolk[edit]

22, 23, 24 August
West Indians
204
v Norfolk
94
Won by 231 runs
Norwich
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206/4 (dec) 85

Match 27 v Worcestershire[edit]

19, 30, 31 August
Worcestershire
223
v West Indians
145
Drawn
Worcester
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175/8

Match 28 v H.D.G Leveson-Gower's XI[edit]

3, 4, 5 September
West Indians
110
v H.D.G. Leveson-Gower's XI
31/6
Lost by 4 wickets
Scarborough
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135

Summary[edit]

Of the 20 first-class matches played, 6 matches were won, 7 were lost and 7 were drawn. In all matches 13 were won, 7 were lost and 8 were drawn.

Post Tour[edit]

Except for Jamaican players the team returned on board the steam ship "Ingoma" departing Southampton on 9 September and arriving in Barbados on the 21st.

Averages[edit]

The following averages are for the 20 first-class matches only.

Batting[edit]

Player P I NO R HS Ave 100 50 C/S
G Challenor 20 35 5 1556 155* 51.86 6 8 4
MP Fernandes 11 19 4 523 110 34.86 1 2 6
JA Small 18 27 2 776 94 31.04 - 7 20
HBG Austin 11 16 2 360 76 25.71 - 2 4
PH Tarilton 17 28 2 554 109* 21.30 1 3 2
RK Nunes 15 24 1 455 89 19.78 - 3 -
HW Ince 16 26 3 381 46* 16.56 - - 3
LN Constantine 20 31 4 425 77 15.74 - 2 15
JK Holt 12 19 0 293 56 15.42 - 2 6
G John 10 13 4 108 44* 12.00 - - 5
GN Francis 15 22 4 207 41 11.50 - - 15
CR Browne 18 26 2 258 24* 10.75 - - 14
VS Pascall 19 28 7 222 40 10.57 - - 11
GAR Dewhurst 15 23 5 182 52 10.11 - 1 20/5
CV Hunter 2 2 0 10 9 5.00 - - -
RL Phillips 1 - - - - - - - -

In all 28 matches G Challenor was leading run scorer with 1967. JA Small with 1169 also reached 1000 runs.

Bowling[edit]

Player O M R W BB Ave 5i 10m
GN Francis 505.5 119 1278 82 6/33 15.58 5 2
G John 363.2 84 956 49 7/52 19.51 2 1
LN Constantine 244.4 39 809 37 5/48 21.86 1 -
CR Browne 696 171 1672 75 7/97 22.29 4 -
VS Pascall 470.5 92 1263 52 6/77 24.28 2 -
G Challenor 17 3 54 2 2/17 27.00 - -
JA Small 196 28 636 19 5/93 33.47 1 -
JK Holt 25 4 80 1 1/22 80.00 - -
RL Phillips 7 0 21 0

In all 28 matches GN Francis took 102 wickets. G John took exactly 100 wickets.

References[edit]

External sources[edit]

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • L S Smith, West Indies Cricket History and Cricket Tours of England 1900, 1906 and 1923, 1923
  • Peter Wynne-Thomas, The Complete History of Cricket Tours at Home & Abroad, 1989