Lance Gibbs

Lance Gibbs made his Test debut for the West Indies in the 1958 home series against Pakistan at Port of Spain. Tall and lanky with unusually long fingers and prodigious turn Gibbs embodied some unique qualities as a right arm offspinner. Gibbs was an aggressive bowler so aggressive that the spinning finger on his right hand would often bleed, so savage was the spin which he imparted to the ball. Lance Gibbs was the second bowler in the history of Test cricket to take 300 wickets and the first spinner to do so.

The 1960,s was Lane Gibbs most dominant period as a bowler during this period he form one of the most interesting partnerships with Sir Garfield Sobers. This Partnership saw Sobers fielding close under the bat where he took some magnificant catches as Gibbs extracted exaggerated bounce and turn from most surfaces.

Gibbs best bowling performance came in the 1961-62 home series against India. In five Tests matches he claimed 24 wickets at 20.41 runs apiece, including one of the game's greatest spells of bowling at Kensington Oval Barbados, where he single-handedly reduced the Indians from 149/2 to 187 all out with eight wickets in 15.3 overs at a total cost of just six runs; Gibbs' final innings return of 8-38 was his best in a Test match

Lance Gibbs retired from international cricket after the 1975-76 tour of Australia, having taken 309 Test wickets with a staggering 18 five wicket hauls at an average of 29.09.  After retiring from Test cricket Gibbs emigrated to the United States,  in 1991 he managed the West Indies' tour to England, he is currently a Stanford 20/20 Legend with responsibility for team Bermuda.

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Full Name Lancelot Richard Gibbs

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Date of Birth

September 29, 1934, Queenstown, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana

Test Debut

West Indies v Pakistan at Port of Spain - Feb 5-11, 1958 

Last Test Match

Australia v West Indies at Melbourne - Jan 31-Feb 5, 1976  

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm offbreak

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