Clarence Passailaigue

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Charles Passailaigue
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style -
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 12
Runs scored 46 788
Batting average 46.00 52.53
100s/50s 0 / 0 2 / 2
Top score 44 261*
Balls bowled 12 62
Wickets 0 1
Bowling average - 56.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling - 1/22
Catches/stumpings 3 / 0 11 / 0
Source: [1]

Charles Clarence Passailaigue - Passailaigue was born in Kingston on August 4, 1901 and died at Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica on January 7, 1972, aged 70. Although his career spanned the entire decade of the 1930s, in truth Passailaigue played first-class cricket only sporadically. As an attacking batsman he announced himself to the cricketing world by scoring 183 for Jamaica at Melbourne Park, Kingston in March, 1930, against a touring M.C.C. side led by F.S.G. Calthorpe. After that performance he was selected for the fourth Test, played a few days later at Sabina Park, Jamaica. In this timeless match played over nine days, he scored 44 and 2 not out, held three catches – from Hendren, Wyatt and Haig – and bowled a couple of overs, taking 0 for 15. On the basis of these first two performances, many considered him unlucky not to win a place for the first tour to visit Australia in 1930/31 and worse, never again to be selected for a West Indian Test match. And as if to prove what a mistake this was, bearing in mind that the West Indies lost the Test series against Australia 4-1, Passailaigue recorded his highest score of 261 not out in just his third first-class match. Playing for All Jamaica against the Hon. Lionel Tennyson's side back at Melbourne Park, Jamaica amassed 702 runs for 5 wickets in their only innings and with his good friend, George Headley, Passailaigue shared an unbeaten stand of 487. At the time of writing, this remains a first-class sixth wicket partnership. His only first-class wicket with the ball, that of H.P. Bayley, was taken in Passailaigue’s final match, playing for Jamaica against a Combined XI in Trinidad. His death in 1972 went unreported at the time and therefore no obituary appeared within Wisden for him.

References[edit]

  1. World Cricketers - A Biographical Dictionary by Christopher Martin-Jenkins published by Oxford University Press (1996),
  2. The Wisden Book of Test Cricket, Volume 1 (1877–1977) compiled and edited by Bill Frindall published by Headline Book Publishing (1995),
  3. The Complete Record of West Indian Test Cricketers by Bridgette Lawrence & Ray Goble published by ACL & Polar Publishing (UK) Ltd. (1991),
  4. www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players.