MISCELLANEOUS

dated November 25, 1952: Stollmeyer to lead West Indies

J.B. Stollmeyer had accepted an invitation to captain the West Indies against India in the Test Mathces scheduled to be played early in 1953.

The second youngest player in the history of cricket to make his appearance in Test matches, stollmeyer had been one of the leading members of the new generation of cricketers in the West Indies after the Second World War. He was eighteen 18 and 74 days old when he appeared against England at Lord's in 1939. On that tour he had been accompanied by his brother, Victor. Stollemeyer enjoyed visiting India in 1948-49. He was third in the averages with 65.07 with an aggregate of 911 runs. In the Tests, he had an average of 68.40, totalling 342 runs. His highest score of 160 came in the Madras Test when he had A.F. Rae (109) put on a record number of 239 for the first wicket. Stollmeyer had good reason to remember Chepauk with pleasure as, in the earlier match with the South Zone, he had notchedup 244 not out, the highest individual total on that ground. His graceful and cultured batsmanship was a pleasure to watch, though overshadowed rather by the mighty performances of Worrell and Weekes. Stollmeyer had also played some grand cricket in England in 1950. Against Sussex, he and Rae added 355 runs, the biggest partnership for any West Indies wicket in England.