Ivor Mendonca 1934-2014

Ivor Mendonca dies aged 79

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 16, 2014

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Ivor Mendonca, who kept wicket for West Indies in two Tests against India in 1961-62, has died in Guyana at the age of 79 after a battle with throat and prostate cancer.

Mendonca's Test appearances came in Jamaica and Trinidad when the first-choice wicketkeeper, Jackie Hendriks, was injured. On debut at Sabina Park, he scored 78 and claimed four catches and a stumping, and he picked up another five dismissals in his second match at Queen's Park Oval.

However, Deryck Murray was preferred for the tour of England the following year and Mendonca did not play for West Indies again. His final Test match was also the last of his 10 first-class appearances.

"The Guyana Cricket Board extends its condolences to his friends and family. Mendonca was one of the best wicketkeeper batsmen in the 50s and 60," Anand Sanasie, the secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board, said.

"He was always exemplary in his conduct and my personal knowledge of him is that he was a coach helping with the grooming of young players."

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Posted by   on (June 21, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

I recall as a schoolboy listening to the radio and hearing Mr. Mendonca scoring that 78 against India when we drubbed them 5-0 in the Series. He was scoring rapidly that day. True, he came along at the "wrong" time. Sometimes that happens in sports as well as in life and we wonder.

Condolences to the Mendonca family and friends.

Posted by anver777 on (June 16, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

A short test career but an impressive one !!!! RIP !!!!!

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