ARTHUR MAYNARD, Trinidad opening batsman, who made big news on his debut in first class cricket in 1935 against the MCC at Queen's Park Oval, then disappeared from the cricket scene immediately afterwards, died suddenly at his home in Belmont, Port of Spain, yesterday.
A headmaster, Maynard was one of few cricketers in the world, and the only West Indian to score a double century in his debut to first class cricket. That performance made an indelible impression in cricket history, for after he had scored 200 no out in a match against the MCC, only six runs short of breaking Paisy Hendren's 205 record — highest score on The Queen's Park Oval ground — Trinidad declared their innings closed.
Maynard eventually declared his cricket career closed right after that.
He was also a footballer, and with Alfred Charles, presented the best back line Trinidad has ever seen. His ability in defence earned him a place on the Trinidad side which toured Colombia in 1930.
He toured with the first Trinidad football team to visit Jamaica in 1935-36.
Maynard, who was 49 years old, is survived by a wife and three children.