Tour of New Zealand 1955-56 Captain: Denis Atkinson
Eighth West Indies Test tour
Second Test-playing tour of New Zealand by West Indies
(December 1955 - April 1956)
John Goddard, resuming his good relations with the Board, was appointed player-manager. He had to lead the side in their first match because Atkinson had sprained his ankle and Pairaudeau was suffering from a cold. Discord when England visited the Caribbean in January 1954 bottle throwing at Bourda and Nunes accusing the English of rudeness to West Indian officials and politicians
Alfie Roberts, the first cricketer from the small islands (St Vincent) to play for West Indies, had played no first-class cricket before the tour and was still at school. However, he was not West Indies' youngest tourist, being three months older at the time of selection than Jeffrey Stollmeyer had been in 1939 and two months older than Derek Sealy in 1930-31.
On their outward journey the tourists played against Fiji at Suva. Fiji scored a total of only 91 but West Indies in reply could make just 63 and lost by 28 runs.
West Indies won the first three Tests against New Zealand comfortably. In each match Everton Weekes scored a century. Later on amidst scenes of great excitement New Zealand won the fourth Test match at Auckland, their first victory in Test cricket.
Other West Indies tours
New Zealand 1951-52
To England 1957
Next tour of New Zealand
Members of the Test tour party (15)
Opening batsmen Hammond Furlonge, Bruce Pairaudeau
Middle-order batsmen:John Goddard, Alfie Roberts, Collie Smith, Everton Weekes
Wicket-keepers: Alfie Binns, Clairmont Depeiza
All-rounders: Denis Atkinson, Gary Sobers
Spin bowlers:Sonny Ramadhin, Alfred Valentine
Fast bowlers: Frank King, Tom Dewdney, Wilfred Edun.
D S Atkinson
RHB RM/OB captain
A P Binns
C C Depeiza
D T Dewdney
H A Furlonge
J D C Goddard
F M King
B H Pairaudeau
A T Roberts
O G Smith
G S Sobers
A L Valentine
E D Weekes
B – Barbados (6)
BG - British Guiana (2)
CI - Combined Islands (1)
Ja – Jamaica (4)
T – Trinidad (2)
Average age of team at time of first Test match
(3 February 1956) :
25 yrs 10 months
Test Appearances made before the tour
Weekes 34, Ramadhin 24, Valentine 22, Goddard 19, Atkinson 15, King 12, Pairaudeau 7, Sobers 5, Smith 4, Depeiza 3, Binns 2, Dewdney 2, Furlonge 1, Roberts 0, Edun 0.
Baggage / scorer
C Marley, E J Marsden, John Goddard (Barbados) and Ken Wishart.
The appointments of Denis Atkinson as captain, Bruce Pairaudeau as vice-captain and John Goddard as manager were made by 22 July 1954.
Unavailable: Roy Marshall, Clyde Walcott, Frank Worrell, Jeffrey Stollmeyer.
Tour Party Announced : 13 November 1955.
Not selected :
Rumours that Bruce Pairaudeau was unable to go after all, and that his place would be taken by Allan Rae, were denied and proved unfounded.
Time between selection and departure from West Indies
(13 November - 22 December)
Port of Spain T Wellington
The players assembled in Trinidad. Ramadhin and Valentine arrived from England on the 'Southern Cross' by which boat the team left Port of Spain at midnight on 22 December 1955.
The team played (and lost) a match on Fiji and reached Wellington on 16 January, thence travelling to Auckland for their first match.
Time spent in New Zealand
(16 January - 24 March)
On-tour selection panel
Denis Atkinson, John Goddard, Bruce Pairaudeau, Everton Weekes.
† Suva, Fiji
Lost 28 r
Won 8 w
Won inns 51 r
Won 5 w
NEW ZEALAND First Test
WON inns 71 r
Won 174 r
Won inns 87 r
NEW ZEALAND Second Test
WON inns 64 r
Won 147 r
NEW ZEALAND Third Test
WON 9 w
NEW ZEALAND Fourth Test
LOST 190 r
Won 8 w
New Zealand Colts
Won inns 35 r
Time spent in New Zealand before First Test:
(16 January - 3 February)
Time from end of final Test until departure from New Zealand 11 days
(13 March - 24 March)
Test appearances on tour
4 - Atkinson, Pairaudeau, Ramadhin, Smith, Sobers, Valentine, Weekes.
3 - Binns, Dewdney, Goddard.
2 - Depeiza, Furlonge, King.
1 - Roberts
0 - Edun
• Ramadhin (6 for 23) dismissed New Zealand for a total of 74 in the opening Test match
• Everton Weekes scored a century in each of the first three Test matches; he also scored five consecutively in tour matches
• Denis Atkinson took 7 for 53 in 40 overs, opening the bowling at Dunedin.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
Return to West Indies
Wellington T Port of Spain
Because of the delayed departure of the West Indies team from New Zealand, the tourists played an extra
match against New Zealand Colts team at Palmerston North on March 17, 19 and 20.
Weekes, Ramadhin, Sobers and Smith flew out from Whenuapai on 21 March to play in the unofficial 'Test' at arranged by E W Swanton.
The remainder left Wellington on 24 March on the 'Tamaroa', via Panama, to Trinidad. Atkinson stayed a while on Trinidad but Goddard, Depeiza and King flew to Seawell Airport, Barbados, on 22 April.
Time away from West Indies
(22 December to 22 April)
Published accounts of the tour