Esmond Kentish

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Esmond Kentish
Personal information
Full name Esmond Seymour Maurice Kentish
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 2 27
Runs scored 1 109
Batting average 1.00 13.62
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 1* 15*
Balls bowled 540 4375
Wickets 8 78
Bowling average 22.25 26.71
5 wickets in innings 1 4
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 5/49 5/36
Catches/stumpings 1/- 6/-

Esmond Seymour Maurice Kentish (21 November 1916 – 10 June 2011) was a West Indian cricketer who played in two Tests from 1948 to 1954.

He was born in Cornwall Mountain, Westmoreland, Jamaica, and attended Cornwall College in Montego Bay.[1]

Cricket career[edit]

Kentish made his Test debut in the fourth Test of the West Indies vs England series in the 1947/48 season. He had match bowling figures of 3–106 as the West Indies won by ten wickets.[2] He didn't play Test cricket again for the West Indies until the first Test of the West Indies vs England series in the 1953/54 season. He went wicketless in England's first innings, but took 5–49 in their second as the West Indies won by 140 runs.[3]

Later he went to Oxford University to study at St John's College.[1] He played 14 matches for Oxford University in 1956, taking 44 wickets at an average of 25.77.[4] At 39, he was the oldest player to play in the University Match.[1]


Kentish died on 10 June 2011 aged 94.[5] At the time he was the oldest living West Indian Test cricketer, and the fourth oldest Test cricketer from any country.[6]


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