Edward Lisle Goldsworthy Hoad
January 29, 1896, Richmond, St Michael, Barbados
March 05, 1986, Bridgetown, Barbados, (aged 90y 35d)
Right hand Bat
HOAD, EDWARD LISLE GOLDSWORTHY (TEDDY), who died in Bridgetown, Barbados, on March 5, 1986, aged 90, was West Indies' first captain in a Test match in the West Indies and, at the time of his death, their oldest Test cricketer. A tall, correct right-handed bat, he was slow in running into form when he came to England in 1928 but went on to head the West Indians' averages with 765 runs at 36.42 and in all matches passed 1,000 runs. An unbeaten innings of 149 against Worcestershire gained him a place in the side for the second Test at Old Trafford, but after scores of 13 and 4 he did not play at The Oval. At the end of the tour, he scored 145 in a 12-a-side game against J. Cahn's team at the Loughborough Road ground in Nottingham, followed by 124 against a strong Leveson Gower's XI at Scarborough, going in at the fall of the first wicket and, batting with skill and judgement, being last out. But his dropping of Haig probably allowed Leveson Gower's XI to avoid the follow-on and they recovered to win the match. When F. S. G. Calthorpe's team visited the West Indies in 1929-30, he made 147 for Barbados against them, putting up 261 with Tarilton, and he then captained West Indies in the drawn first Test match at Bridgetown. Opening the innings, he scored 24 and 0 and did not play in the other Tests, the captaincy in those times being the preserve of the home island. He did, nevertheless, appear twice more for West Indies, scoring 6 and 36 at Lord's and 1 and 14 at Old Trafford in 1933, when he scored 1,083 runs with an average of 27.76 on the tour. Against Sussex at Hove, he made 149 not out and with H. C. Griffith put on 138 for the tenth wicket, which more than 50 years on remained a West Indian record. In all first-class cricket between 1921-22 and 1937-38 he scored 3,502 runs, including eight centuries, with an average of 38.48 and took 53 wickets at 36.28 with his leg-spin bowling.
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