Tied Test – 50 years ago

What a match this was. Below some of the excerpts from the Cricinfo article. The last one says it all, I think.


I was there
Eight of the protagonists recount the the story of the most thrilling Test ever, played exactly fifty years ago
December 14, 2010

Lindsay Kline: I said to Garry years later, “that wonderful innings you played, that 130 was fantastic”. And he said “Lindsay, it was 132”. So it must have been pretty special to him, because he made a lot of hundreds.

Alan Davidson: Wes Hall bowled magnificently, when you consider that he had new boots that he hadn’t been wearing, and he had these giant blisters on the bottom of his feet. He ended up putting this great slab of sticking plaster across the soles of his feet after he’d cut the blisters off. Really, it was just raw flesh, and he kept pouring in and bowling his heart out. That was one of the most sensational things I’ve ever seen on a cricket field. He must have been going through agony.

Joe Solomon: Back home in Guyana, I used to hit the stumps regularly. That was regular practice that we did, we’d have a bet on who could hit the wickets down. And as boys we’d try to throw at the mangoes to get them down from the trees. I believe all that came in to make me a good pitcher.

Kline: Ian Meckiff was the other batsman and I said to him “we’re going to run on this ball no matter where it goes”. Wes was bowling and I was standing there thinking, “come on, hurry up, let’s get this over and done with”. And he bowled it on the stumps, I got the bat to it and it went round the corner to square leg, and Joe Solomon picked it up and threw the stumps down side-on.

Peter Lashley: I was fielding close to Joe Solomon. I was at square leg and he was at midwicket. It was coming to my right hand, which was my throwing hand, and his left hand, which was not his throwing hand. I was the likely person to pick the ball up, but he’d just knocked down the stumps to run out Davidson, and he said, “move, move, move!” So I stopped, which was unusual for me, he swooped and picked the ball up and hit the stumps again. Had I picked the ball up there would have been no tied Test!

Davidson: The most amazing part was that at the end of the day’s play, when everyone realised what it was, Frank got his team together and Richie got his, and the dining room was these long tables, and we had a West Indian and an Australian, a West Indian and an Australian, all the way around that table. The conversation and the laughing – we spoke about every possible thing, there was some talking about family, there were others talking about the tours they’d just come from – it was an amazing thing that after five days of battle, here we were sitting and laughing and chatting.

Davidson: We played our hearts out against each other. If I meet a West Indian that played in that series now, we don’t shake hands, we just go into a bear hug. When you think about that, and that it’s 50 years on, it is an incredible feeling.

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