Nelson Betancourt

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Nelson Betancourt
Personal information
Born 4 June 1887 (1887-06-04)
Died 12 October 1947 (1947-10-13) (aged 60)
Batting style Right-handed batsman (RHB)
Bowling style -
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 18
Runs scored 52 442
Batting average 26.00 17.00
100s/50s 0 / 0 0 / 1
Top score 39 71*
Balls bowled 0 unknown
Wickets 0 1
Bowling average - 98.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling - 1 – 65
Catches/stumpings 0 / 0 8 / 0
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Nelson Betancourt (4 June 1887 – 12 October 1947) was a cricketer who was a useful batsman and an occasional wicketkeeper and bowler. He was born in Trinidad and died there.

His career, at first glance, was a long one spanning the years 1905 to 1930 but in truth he played only sporadically, with long periods of cricket inactivity. His first-class debut came in Trinidad’s victory over Jamaica at Sabina Park, Kingston in August 1905, but it was more than two years before he made his second appearance. His highest score, 71 not out, was scored against British Guiana in an Inter-Colonial tournament in 1928/29 but this was the only time that he surpassed fifty runs in an innings.

Betancourt’s sole Test for the West Indies came against England at Port of Spain, Trinidad in February, 1930, this being the second Test of the series. In a match won by the visitors, he captained the West Indies (on account of the home team’s policy of having a different, indigenous captain for each match of the series) and scored 39 and 13. At 42 years and 242 days old, Betancourt remains the oldest Test debutant for the West Indies. His death in 1947 went unrecorded at the time and therefore no obituary appeared within the covers of Wisden for him.


  • World Cricketers – A Biographical Dictionary by Christopher Martin-Jenkins published by Oxford University Press (1996),
  • The Wisden Book of Test Cricket, Volume 1 (1877–1977) compiled and edited by Bill Frindall published by Headline Book Publishing (1995),
  • The Complete Record of West Indian Test Cricketers by Bridgette Lawrence & Ray Goble published by ACL & Polar Publishing (UK) Ltd. (1991),
  • Nelson Betancourt at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  • Nelson Betancourt at ESPNcricinfo

Preceded by
Teddy Hoad
West Indies Test cricket captains
Succeeded by
Maurice Fernandes