Oldest Test cricketer dies in T&T

Andrew Gordon Ganteaume.
Trinidad & Tobago Express

The world’s oldest Test cricketer, Andy Ganteaume has died at the age of 95.

The Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies batsman, who played just one Test, closed his “innings” at his home on Wednesday in Santa Margarita, a few miles from the City of Port of Spain. He was ailing for some time now.

In his only Test innings, Ganteaume hit a remarkable 112, in the second Test of the l948 Home Series against England at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

He shared an opening partnership of 143 with George Carew, who also made a century in the drawn match.

In addition to his one Test, Ganteaume also played 50 first class games, scoring 2785 runs at an average of 34, with five centuries. Following his playing career, he also served as a selector and West Indies team manager. He made his cricket debut at the age of 19.

When Ganteaume turned 95 last month, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) hailed the landmark by labeling the former cricketer a “stalwart” and “patriot,” citing his contribution to the game.

He was the recipient of the Humming Bird medal (Gold) in 2010 Trinidad and Tobago Independence anniversary celebrations.

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