Sven Conrad Stayers
June 09, 1937, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana
January 06, 2005, London, (aged 67y 211d)
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STAYERS, SVEN CONRAD, died on January 6, 2005. He was 67. "Charlie" Stayers was a tall, loose-limbed fast bowler from British Guiana who was also a batsman useful enough to make a century against Barbados in 1958-59. He was in the West Indian 12 for the First Test against England the following season, but did not play, possibly because of worries about his bowling action - he had been called for throwing in a domestic game in 1958-59. Stayers did play in four Tests against India in 1961-62, taking nine wickets at 40, but failed to make the 1963 tour of England. He was also part of an unusual initiative in 1962-63, when the Indian board arranged for four fast bowlers from the Caribbean to play in domestic cricket to attune the local batsmen to high pace. Stayers played for Bombay, and in what turned out to be his last first-class match, the Ranji Trophy final at Jaipur, took six for 36 (the best figures of his career) in the innings victory over Rajasthan. He did not return to the West Indies, but signed as professional for Enfield in the Lancashire League instead. He remained in England to study, and later had a nomadic career in health management in Africa, North America - and London, where he died.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack obituary
Sven Conrad Stayers, simply and universally known as `Charlie', died in London on January 6, aged 67. He was a tall, well-built bowler of sharp, if not express, pace and a worthy lower-order batsman who might have played more than his four Tests for West Indies in different circumstances.
Stayers earned his selection in the West Indies team for the 1961-62 home series against India through consistent performances for British Guiana. They included returns of 6 for 70 against Barbados (including Conrad Hunte, Everton Weekes and Seymour Nurse), and 6 for 63 against the Combined Islands in 1961 in the regional tournament in Georgetown in which he had 22 wickets at 18.23 each. His one hundred in 17 first-class matches came against Barbados at Bridgetown in 1959, batting at No. 8.
Sharing the new ball with Wes Hall in the Indian series in which West Indies completed their first 5-0 whitewash, Stayers' figures were modest (nine wickets at 40.44 each) and a top score of 35 not out in four innings.
He would surely have been in contention for a place on the 1963 tour of England but he took up a professional contract with Enfield in the Lancashire League the previous summer and subsequently remained in England to study at university. He played no more first-class cricket, pursuing a career in health management instead in England, Nigeria, Uganda and the United States.
Tony Cozier, The Wisden Cricketer
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