Full name Ivanhoe Mordecai Barrow
Born January 16, 1911, Belmont Pen, Morant Bay, St Thomas, Jamaica
Died April 2, 1979, Kingston, Jamaica (aged 68 years 76 days)
Major teams West Indies, Jamaica
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||West Indies v England at Kingston, Apr 3-12, 1930 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 24-27, 1939 scorecard|
|First-class span||1928/29 - 1945/46|
Ivan Barrow, who died in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 2, aged 68, has a place in cricket history as the first West Indian to score a hundred in a Test in England. This was at Old Trafford in 1933, and when he achieved the feat George Headley was on 99 - together they added 200 for the second wicket, Barrow making 105. A year earlier the two had put on 248 against Lord Tennyson's side at Kingston for the third wicket, still a record for Jamaica; Barrow's share was 169 and he made 58 not out in the second innings. He was, at that time, the West Indian's first string wicket-keeper, a quiet and thoroughly competent performer, but in 1934 he lost his place to C. M. Christiani, who died in 1938. Barrow was recalled in 1939 for the tour to England, but after a five-year gap he was short of first-class practice. After the first Test he had to give way to his second string, J. E. D. Sealy. In all between 1930 and 1939 he played in eleven Tests.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
The only major score made by Ivan Barrow in his 11 Tests was 105 at Old
Trafford in 1933, when the West Indies pace attack of Martindale and Constantine
raised eyebrows with the deliberate assault on the English batsmen. Barrow,
just 22, registered the first-ever Test century for West Indies on English soil,
and added 200 for the second wicket with George Headley, who went on to 169 not
out. All Barrow's Tests were in the 1930s, taking in five series, one of them in
Australia, where he played in all five Tests and claimed 11 wicketkeeping dismissals in the seven Australian innings - one of them the stumping of Ponsford off Constantine. He also became one of only two Test victims of Bradman the bowler. Another freakish accomplishment was his starting the West Indies innings against England at Kingston in March 1935 with Cyril Christiani - a rare instance of two Test wicketkeepers opening the innings. Barrow, who died in Kingston on April 2, aged 68, was a neat but resolute batsman, and a wicketkeeper whom Learie Constantine rated most highly. He had been out of big cricket for some little time when he was chosen for the 1939 tour of England, but on the earlier tour he had passed 1000 runs in 45 innings. His highest score was 169 against Lord Tennyson's XI at Kingston, when he added 248 with Headley, a third-wicket record for the island.
Wisden Cricket Monthly
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