Dominica mourns Grayson

The West Indies Cricket Board has paid tribute to former West Indies fast bowler Grayson Shillingford, who died on Christmas Eve from cancer, aged 65.

Dr Julian Hunte, President of the WICB, hailed Shillingford as a pioneer, an outstanding servant of the game, and true ambassador. Dr Hunte added that he was a hero to many people in his Dominica homeland and throughout the Windwards. He was the first Dominican to play Test cricket.

Shillingford was an accurate right-arm seam bowler who played seven Test matches between 1969 and 1972. Overall he took 15 wickets at an average of 35.8 per wicket.

He made his Test debut at Lord’s in a team which included Sir Garfield Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Basil Butcher and Clive Lloyd. He took four wickets in that match, and overall his best figures in an innings were 3-63 off 26.5 overs against New Zealand at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica in February 1972.

In all first-class cricket he played 81 matches, taking 217 wickets at an average of 26.5 per wicket, with best figures of 6-49 for Combined Islands against Trinidad and Tobago in St Kitts.