Tour of England
1957 Captain: John Goddard
Ninth West Indies
Fifth Test-playing tour of England by West Indies
Alexander, Asgarali and Ganteaume were not invited to
the tour trials but nevertheless won a place in the team. There is no doubt
that the letter asking whether Conrad Hunte was available for the tour was
lost in the post, but afterwards it was too late for him to gain a place in
the team. During 1957 he was playing for Enfield in the Lancashire League and
was willing to ask the club to release him from his contract so he could join
the team, but the tour management never summoned him.
Another rumour has grown around Depeiza: that he was
picked but no-one could find him to tell him!
In fact he was not available, having already signed terms with
Forfarshire in Scottish league cricket before the tour party was
The day before the tourists completed the tour in
September came news that the celebrated scorer and baggageman 'Fergie' (Bill
Ferguson) had died at his home in Bath.
He had come out of retirement to take part in the tour but had to give up
halfway through because of illness.
The first Test at Edgbaston marked the end of West Indies’ mystery spinner Sonny Ramadhin’s hold over
English batsmen. After taking seven for 39 in the first innings, and then two
more wickets as England slumped to 113 for three, May and Cowdrey simply
padded up to him and the umpire would not give them out (though they would
nowadays). Those two batsmen added a partnership of 411 together while
Ramadhin wheeled through his overs and skipper John Goddard bowled him into
West Indies tours
New Zealand 1955-56
tour of England
Members of the Test tour party (17)
Opening batsmen Nyron
Asgarali, Andy Ganteaume, Bruce Pairaudeau.
Middle-order batsmen John Goddard,
Collie Smith, Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes.
Wicket-keepers Gerry Alexander,
Spin bowlers Sonny
Ramadhin, Alfred Valentine
Fast bowlers Tom Dewdney,
Roy Gilchrist, Wesley Hall.
F C M
RHB opener (RFM)
J D C
A L Valentine
C L Walcott
E D Weekes
F M M Worrell
Regional representation :
- British Guiana (3)
– Jamaica (6)
age of team at time of first Test
(30 May 1957)
yrs 1 month
Test Appearances made before the tour
Weekes 38, Walcott 33,
Ramadhin 28, Worrell 27, Valentine 26, Goddard 22, Atkinson 19, Pairaudeau
11, Sobers 9, Smith 8, Dewdney 5, Ganteaume 1, Alexander 0, Asgarali 0,
Gilchrist 0, Hall 0, Kanhai 0.
Appointing two managers with equal
status meant that neither of them had ultimate responsibility for handlng the
players, who were never moulded into an effective unit. Cecil de Caires (1917-2003) had represented
his native British Guiana at hockey. On this
tour he made up the numbers in the team at Dublin, but did no more than field.
Gerry Gomez (Trinidad - chairman), Berkeley Gaskin (British Guiiana), Cecil Marley (Jamaica),
Noel Pierce (Barbados) and John Goddard (captain).
The West indies Board
turned back to John Goddard and he was appointed captain on 23 October 1956. Hearing
this, Jeffrey Stollmeyer, the far more suitable choice, immediately announced
his retirement from Test cricket.
The West Indies Board of Control had informed five of
their cricketers six months in advance that they would be required for the
1957 tour to avoid them committing themselves to their league clubs. The selectors picked the team after trial
matches to which 26 players were invited.
Unavailable : The incumbent skipper Jeffrey Stollmeyer
(he was now aged 36 and considered himself injury-prone); Clairmonte Depeiza (league cricket with
Forfarshire in Scotland);
Allan Rae (legal practice); Cecil
Williams; Roy Marshall (otherwise he would break his playing qualification
Tour party announced: 7 February 1957.
Not selected: Hammond
Time between selection
and departure from West Indies
(7 February - 2 April)
Kingston T Southampton
The 'Golfito', with Goddard, the two managers and 9 other cricketers
aboard arrived in Kingston
and the team played a match against Allan Rae's XI. The team sailed on in the 'Golfito' from Port Antonio on 2 April
1957. The ship berthed at Southampton
on 14 April, then the tour group travelled by train to Waterloo Station, London. Ramadhin and Worrell were already in England and greeted the tour party in London later that day.
Time spent in England
(14 April - 24 September)
On-tour selection panel
Goddard, Pierce and de Caires
appointed Clyde Walcott to the vice-captaincy during the voyage across the Atlantic, and thus to a place on the tour committee.
None. Manager de
Caires, aged 40, was part of the eleven against Ireland. He did not bat or bowl.
There were a number of inconvenient injuries that
weakened the team: Atkinson's
shoulder, Weekes' broken finger, Walcott's strained leg.
Rae's Jamaican team
E W Swanton's XI
A C L
and batted on
inns 77 r
inns 90 r
M C C
ENGLAND First Test
ENGLAND Second Test
LOST inns 36 r
ENGLAND Third Test
ENGLAND Fourth Test
LOST inns 5 r
inns 212 r
ENGLAND Fifth Test
LOST inns 237 r
inns 103 r
† not first-class
Time spent in England
before First Test:
(14 April - 30 May)
Time from end of final Test until departure from England 31
(24 August - 24 September)
Test appearances on tour
Goddard, Kanhai, Ramadhin, Smith, Sobers, Walcott, Weekes, Worrell
Alexander, Asgarali, Atkinson, Pairaudeau, Valentine.
• In the first innings at Edgbaston
Ramadhin took 7 wickets for 49; in the
second innings he bowled himself almost to a standstill with 98 overs, 35
maidens, taking 2 wickets for 179 runs.
• West Indies’
total of 424 at Edgbaston was built around Collie Smith's innings of 161.
Smith scored his second big hundred of the series (168) as the tourists saved
the match at Trent
• Frank Worrell (191*) carried his bat through
the innings at Trent Bridge, and immediately went back in to open the
second innings when West Indies followed on.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
This summary table does not includes the
pre-tour match in Jamaica.
Return to West Indies
Southampton T Bridgetown/ Kingston
The team sailed home on the 'Camito' from Southampton on 24 September.
The following remained in England:
Pairaudeau (on holiday), Ramadhin (his home was now in Lancashire), Walcott
(taking a course in social welfare) and Worrell (studying at Manchester University).
conveyed the main body of the team to Bridgetown,
Thursday 3 October. The ship then sailed on to Kingston, Jamaica.
It arrived at Government Pier in Kingston
harbour on 7 October with the five Jamaicans aboard.
Time away from West Indies
(2 April to 3 October)
The tour recorded a profit of
of the tour
“West Indies Cricket Challenge 1957” by Bruce Harris (published
by Stanley Paul, 1957)
Goddard took much of the blame for West indies’
capitulation in the last two Tests and his recall to the captaincy was seen
as a blunder. This ushered in Gerry Alexander who, despite a poor tour of England, led the West Indies at home against Pakistan in
early 1958. Frank Worrell was given his chance to lead the West
Indies on the tour of India
and Pakistan but he already
had a place at Manchester
University to study
Economics and had to decline the position. Why Everton Weekes or Clyde
Walcott were not considered for the captaincy is unclear ; but the Board stuck
with Alexander for the time being.
Ramadhin and Valentine played in a few more Tests but
were never again much of a force and West Indies
had to wait until the sixties to change their bowling attack to pace in the
form of Hall and Griffith.