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Gerald Ethridge Gomez

Gerald Gomez NicknameGerry
PositionMidfielder
Height
Date of Birth October 10th, 1919 , died August 7th, 1996 (aged 76)
Place of Birth Woodbrook, Trinidad and Tobago
Debut
Caps/Goals2    ( 1 goals)
Last Club
Previous Clubs
SchoolsQueen's Royal College


Son of a former inter colonial cricketer, Gerry was a middle order batsman who would have represented Trinidad in any era. In the middle of his career he developed his bowling talents and at Test level was a brilliant all rounder. His potential was obvious from his days at Queen's Royal College where he benefited from the coaching of Australian Test player Arthur Richardson. His first representative honours came in 1937 a Grenada team, led by Jackie Grant, was visiting. He scored 01 & 20 for North/South combined team and 85 & 20 for Trinidad XI. This gained him selection for the Inter-colonial tournament, which was to be staged in British Guiana later that year. His scores of 13 & 39 were enough to confirm his class, the latter knock helping his captain L.S. Birkett to add 110 for the third wicket against the host team. The maiden century of his career was made at Bourda Oval in 1938 - 119 for Rolph Grant's XI. Then followed his 161* v. Jamaica at Port of Spain during the 1939 trials and he was included on the team to tour England. On a visit shortened by a war scare he scored 719 runs (av. 25.67) without a century, 22 of those coming from three innings in the 2 Tests he played. He was not recognised as a footballer before he left but on his return he had learnt enough to be considered a certainty for the island honours in both sports.

In Goodwill cricket between 1941 and 1947 he was a batsman capable of dominating the best bowling and set an individual record at the Queen's Park Oval in 1943 when he scored 216*. Three years later at the same venue he got three runs less but saved Trinidad from certain defeat from Barbados. In inter-colonial cricket, which covered the period 1937 - 53, he scored 2721 runs with the outstanding average of 66.36, including a record 10 centuries. He seldom failed on the matting wicket of the Queen's Park Oval, where he scored 7 centuries and 1525 runs with the Bradmanesque average of 89.70. During the years 1944/47 he captained the national side in three series. In Barbados in 1944 he made 13 & 40 in the first game, which his team lost. Then he got 94 out of 449 - 8 which Barbados surpassed due to the Worrell/Goddard fourth wicket record stand of 502 runs. In British Guiana a year later his scores were 37 & 60, 35 & 10, the first three vital in a low scoring series. Two years later in Trinidad off the Guianese bowling, he hit 16 & 26 and 190, which helped Jeff Stollmeyer to get within 11 runs of the world record, with his dismissal when the partnership reached 434 runs. Trinidad won both games to keep their record against British Guiana since the war.

Test cricket resumed for the West Indies in 1948 and he became a fixture on the Test team until 1953, when his batting form was considered unconvincing. He missed a Test in New Zealand in 1952 he greeted England with 86 at Bridgetown and followed with 62 at Port of Spain, where he had just scored 178* in the colony game. He was captain in the Test due to Jeff Stollmeyer's injury. Selected to tour India & Ceylon that winter, he developed his bowling with remarkable results. After scoring his maiden Test century -101 at Delhi - in a record fourth wicket partnership of 267 with Clyde Walcott, his bowling became dependable and he claimed 71 wickets (av. 18.70) including a career best 9/24 v. South Zone at Madras. His next big tour was the 1950 visit to Great Britain where he totalled 1116 runs (av. 42.92) and got 55 wickets (av. 25.58). Fourteen months after that tour ended he was on another, this time to Australia. In the only first class game before the First Test he scored 97* v. Queensland, Brisbane. In a series, which the West Indies lost 4-1, he made useful scores in each of the first four matches but in the fifth Test at Sydney he made up for low scores with 7/55 (10/133 match). Furthermore he was undefeated on 46 at Adelaide where the lone Test was won and his series figures were 324 runs (av. 36.00) and 18 wickets (av. 14.22). He played two home series v. India 1953 and England 1954. His bowling was most economical v. India. At Port of Spain he had analyses of 42-12-84-3 and 46-20-42-1 but saved his best for the final Test in Jamaica, where, preferred to Ramadhin, he returned 28-13-40-1 and 47-24-72-3. Later that year he led a team to British Guiana and scored separate centuries - 148 & 108*, the former coming on his 34th birthday. He closed his Test career against England with 147 runs (av. 21.00) and 7 wickets for the overall 1243 runs (av. 30.31) and 58 wickets (av.27.41).

Gerry played cricket and football for both North and South, and was cricket captain of both. He served as a national and international selector. He was a board member and helped to found the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association. He was manager of the West Indies team that visited Australia in 1960/1. As a footballer he played at inside forward and represented Trinidad in British Guiana in 1946 and Jamaica in 1947 He was a good club lawn tennis player and was president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Trinidad and Tobago during the years 1963 to 1967. Gerry was also President of the National Scouts Association.
(T&T Sports Hall of Fame bio)



Honors for Gerald
  • Trinidad & Tobago Chaconia Medal Gold (for Community Service) in 1996
  • Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal Gold (for Sport) in 1974