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Gerry Gomez      

Full name Gerald Ethridge Gomez

Born October 10, 1919, Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Died August 6, 1996, Port of Spain, Trinidad (aged 76 years 301 days)

Major teams West Indies, Trinidad

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Other Umpire

Relation Father - JE Gomez, Son - GP Gomez

Gerald Ethridge Gomez
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 29 46 5 1243 101 30.31 1 8 0 18 0
First-class 126 182 27 6764 216* 43.63 14 29 92 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 29 46 5236 1590 58 7/55 10/113 27.41 1.82 90.2 1 1 1
First-class 126 15178 5052 200 9/24 25.26 1.99 75.8 5 2
Career statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at Manchester, Jul 22-25, 1939 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v England at Kingston, Mar 30-Apr 3, 1954 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1937-1956
Umpiring statistics
Only Test West Indies v Australia at Georgetown, Apr 14-20, 1965 scorecard
Test matches 1
Test statistics
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Wisden obituary
Gerald Ethridge Gomez died from a heart attack when playing tennis in Trinidad on August 6, 1996, aged 76. Gerry Gomez was a major figure in West Indian cricket for more than half a century, as a player, manager, selector, administrator, commentator and finally elder statesman. In an emergency, at Georgetown in 1964-65, he even umpired a Test match. He made his name as a batsman, scoring 161 not out for Trinidad against Jamaica when he was still a teenager, and earning selection for the 1939 tour of England, though his achievements there did not match his promise. By the time West Indies resumed Test cricket almost nine years later he was senior enough to take over the captaincy for one match, but - as all white West Indians were to find - his place in the team was being challenged by the emergence of new talent. Gomez adapted: he dropped down the order, provided dogged counterpoint to the genius of the three Ws and developed into a gifted swing bowler. From quiet beginnings, he matured enough to take seven for 55 at Sydney in 1951-52. He still played important innings, including his only Test century in West Indies' first match against India, at Delhi in 1948-49, but usually he was either in a supporting role or - as happened regularly in Australia - in charge of repairs. Gomez captained the team on only the one occasion; his compatriot and contemporary Jeff Stollmeyer overtook him. But his leadership qualities came through later. When he was appointed manager for the 1960-61 tour of Australia, C. L. R. James said it was a brilliant selection - Gerry is popular at home and in Australia, knowledgable and tough. The tour was a triumph and Gomez was an important behind-the-scenes influence in ensuring harmony. He was a longstanding member of the West Indies Board, and president for 30 years of the West Indies Cricket Umpires' Association, which he welded together. Gomez played football for Trinidad, and became a vice-president of the country's football and tennis associations, an executive member of the Olympic Association, president of the Boy Scouts' movement and chairman of the annual music festival. He was a holder of Trinidad's Humming Bird Medal (Gold), for services to sport. When he died, he was president of the Queen's Park Cricket Club.
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1956

Gerry Gomez

Gerry Gomez

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1950

Gerry Gomez square cuts, 1950

Gerry Gomez square cuts

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Feb 13, 1948

The note telling Frank Worrell and Andy Ganteaume to get a move on, West Indies v England, 2nd Test, Trinidad, February 13, 1948

The note telling Frank Worrell and Andy Ganteaume to get a move on

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