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

Esmond Kentish
Personal information
Full nameEsmond Seymour Maurice Kentish
Born21 November, 1916
Cornwall Mountain, Westmoreland, Jamaica
Died10 June, 2011
Jamaica
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 65)27 March 1948 v England
Last Test15 January 1954 v England
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/-
Source: CricketArchive, 3 October 2019

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

Cricket careerEdit

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]

DeathEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Wisden 1957, pp. 293–94.
  2. ^ "Scorecard for 4th Test West Indies vs England 1947/1948 season".
  3. ^ "Scorecard for 1st Test West Indies vs England 1953/1954 season".
  4. ^ Wisden 1957, pp. 654–55.
  5. ^ West Indies' oldest cricketer dies[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Oldest living Test cricketers".

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