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Sir Sydney Walling      

Full name Sir Sydney Walling

Born July 12, 1907, Antigua

Died October 8, 2009, Antigua (aged 102 years 88 days)

Major teams Antigua, Combined Islands

Playing role Opening batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

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An opening batsman with a reputation for nimble footwork, Sydney Walling made his debut in 1927, and despite making 156 in the trial match in Guyana in 1927-28 he missed out on selection for the tour of England the following summer, inter-island prejudices counting against him. In 1933-34 he became the first black cricketer to lead the Antigua team. He also captained the Leeward Islands and played in the first-ever Combined Islands team in the early 1950s. Some commentators argued that Walling would have been the fourth W, with the other great post-war West Indies batsmen - Frank Worrell, Clyde Walcott and Everton Weekes.

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