Tour of England
1966 Captain: Gary Sobers
Thirteenth West Indies
tour of England by West Indies
- September 1966)
original planning the South Africans were scheduled to tour England in 1966 but they were doubled up with New Zealand
in 1965 to allow the West Indians, so popular in 1963, to return much sooner
than they would have done (the next West Indian tour after 1963 would have taken
place in 1971).
Having such popular visitors back in England again prevented cricket
being entirely overshadowed by the counter attraction of the football World Cup being
hosted during the summer of ‘66.
Twelve of the seventeen
players had toured England
previously in 1963.
Barbadians made up no less
than nine of the team and some might even have felt that Tony White and Robin
Bynoe deserved places on the tour, too, unpopular though that might have been
in the other territories in the region. Barbados
became independent from the British Empire in
November 1966 and was awarded a celebratory match against the Rest of the
Charlie Griffith’s bowling
action came under close scrutiny, and he delivered his yorker and bouncer
less threateningly than in 1963. He was not no-balled but during the Headingley Test he was warned by the umpire for an
By the end of the fourth Test
at Leeds West Indies had retained the Wisden Trophy convincingly with a
stunning performance by Sobers (an innings of 174 and 8 wickets). England were thoroughly outplayed, as in 1963,
by a side which had claims to be West Indies'
strongest to date.
The tour profit was less than
in 1963, probably owing to rainy summer weather as much as competition from the
West Indies tours
tour of England
Members of the Test tour party (17)
Opening batsmen: Joey Carew, Conrad Hunte, Easton McMorris
Middle-order batsmen:Basil Butcher, Seymour
Nurse, Gary Sobers,Joe Solomon,
Rohan Kanhai, Peter Lashley.
Wicket-keepers: David Allan, Jackie Hendriks.
Spin bowlers:Rawle Brancker, David
Holford, Lance Gibbs
Fast bowlers: Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Rudolph Cohen.
R C Brancker
C C Griffith
E D A McMorris
S M Nurse
G S Sobers
LHB LFM/SLA captain
J S Solomon
Regional representation :
- British Guiana (4)
Ja - Jamaica (3)
T – Trinidad & Tobago
South American colony of British Guiana gained its independence on 26 May 1966.
age of team at time of first Test
June 1966) :
yrs 1 month
Test Appearances made before the tour
Sobers 52, Kanhai 43,
Hunte 36, Hall 33, Solomon 27,
Gibbs 26, Butcher 20, Griffth 11,
McMorris 11, Nurse 9, Hendricks 5, Allan 3,
Carew 2, Lashley 2, Brancker 0,
Cohan 0, Holford 0.
W F B
J A Griffiths
Gerry Gomez (chairman
- Trinidad), Allan Rae (Jamaica), John Goddard (Barbados), Frank Worrell, Berkeley Gaskin (Guyana), with Gary Sobers
(captain) and Jeffrey
Stollmeyer (manager) present.
In December 1965 the selectors named eight of their professionals
to tour: Sobers, Kanhai, Griffith, King
(who later withdrew), Hall, Hunte, Butcher, Nurse, They were forced to make these
early nominations in the team because several West Indians played in the English
Unavailable: Deryck Murray (place at Cambridge University).
Tour Party Announced : 9 March 1966
Withdrawal : Lester King (because of an operation on his
knee cartilage). Cohen replaced him.
Not selected : Sobers
wrote how Stollmeyer was chairman with the casting vote, and how McMorris was
picked ahead of Bynoe, and Brancker ahead of Lloyd through political
manoevring. Trevor McDonald wrote
“Sobers, who had seen and applauded Lloyd’s century only days before the team
for England was chosen, was to comment that Lloyd’s omission from the 1966
touring party had been one of the graver errors made by the West Indian
Board.” (Lloyd’s 1985 biography)
selection and departure from West Indies
(9 March - 16 April)
Kingston / Port of Spain QNew YorkQLondon Heathrow
Manager Jeff Stollmeyer flew
out of Trinidad with Carew, Solomon and
Butcher on 16 April 1966. They proceeded to New York with the Barbadians and assistant
manager Hoyos. There they met up with Gibbs.
Cohen, McMorris and Hendriks
from Kingston, Jamaica,
went to London
on a different flight. Kanhai was
already in London.
Hall had flown to England
from a winter's cricket with the Sydney grade
The team arrived at Heathrow
on 17 April and the press conference began with Gary Sobers being presented
with the new Wisden Trophy which
was created to mark their tour in 1963 coinciding with the 100th publication
of the Wisden’s Cricketers' Almanack.
Time spent in England
(17 April - 14 September)
On-tour selection panel
Gary Sobers (captain), Conrad
Hunte (vice-captain), Wes Hall,
Lance Gibbs and Rohan
missed the first two Test matches through a hand injury
M C C
inns 32 r
ENGLAND First Test
WON inns 40 r
ENGLAND Second Test
inns 33 r
ENGLAND Third Test
WON 139 r
inns 56 r
ENGLAND Fourth Test
WON inns 55 r
ENGLAND Fifth Test
LOST inns 34 r
A E R
T N Pearce's XI
of the World XI (50
XI (50 overs)
† not first-class
Time spent in England
before First Test: 46
(17 April - 2 June)
Time from end of final Test until departure from England
(22 August - 14 September)
Test appearances on tour
5 - Butcher,
Gibbs, Griffith, Hall,
Holford, Hunte, Kanhai,
3 - Hendriks
2 - Allan, Lashley, McMorris
1 - Carew
0 - Cohan,
• Gary Sobers was the outstanding player with
three huge centuries: 161 at Old Trafford, 163 not out at Lord’s and 174 at
Headingley. He ended the series with
722 runs, at an average of more than 100.
• Sobers also
took 20 wickets in the Test matches, as well as most wickets on the tour
• In the Lord’s
Test Sobers put on 274 for the sixth wicket with his cousin David Holford
• Gary Sobers (174) and Seymour Nurse (137)
shared a record 5th wicket partnership of 265 at Headingley
• At Old Trafford
Gibbs repeated his 1963 performance of ten in the match by taking 5-37 and
Butcher’s unbeaten 209 at Trent
Bridge included three consecutive
century stands with his partners.
• Lance Gibbs took 6 wickets for 39 as England
collapsed in the fourth Test at Headingley.
• West Indies
drew with Gloucestershire, the scores being level on the last ball.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
Return to West Indies
London Q Seawell, Barbados
The team flew from London Airport
on 14 September 1966.
The manager, assistant and eleven players went from Heathrow Airport
to Seawell Airport
but six of the team did not fly back with them: Kanhai, Hall and Hunte stayed
and flew directly to the Indian tour.
Solomon enrolled on a cricket coaching course. Griffith
went on a holiday to Canada. McMorris joined his family in the United States.
Time away from West Indies
(16 April to 15 September)
The tour made a profit of £15 000, half
the amount earned in 1963.
accounts of the tour
that's Cricket" by
John Clarke & Brian Scovell [Stanley
“There was an obvious anomaly in the
quantum of fees and allowances paid to our players… Gary Sobers was receiving
the same amount of basic pay as, for example, Rudi Cohen, our reserve fast
bowler who played least on the tour and had failed to gain selection in a
Test match. This was palpably absurd.
Players were categorised in future on the number of Test matches
previously played.” Jeffrey Stollmeyer
Everything Under the Sun (1983)