Roy Gilchrist

Infobox Historic Cricketer

nationality = West Indian
country = West Indies
country abbrev = WI
name = Roy Gilchrist
picture = Cricket_no_pic.pngbatting style = Right-hand bat
bowling style = Right-arm fast
tests = 13
test runs = 60
test bat avg = 5.45
test 100s/50s = -/-
test top score = 12
test balls = 3227
test wickets = 57
test bowl avg = 26.68
test 5s = 1
test 10s = -
test best bowling = 6/55
test catches/stumpings = 4/-
FCs = 42
FC runs = 258
FC bat avg = 7.81
FC 100s/50s = -/-
FC top score = 43*
FC balls = 8422
FC wickets = 167
FC bowl avg = 26.00
FC 5s = 7
FC 10s = 1
FC best bowling = 6/16
FC catches/stumpings = 10/-
debut date = 30 May
debut year = 1957
last date = 6 February
last year = 1959
source =

Roy Gilchrist (28 June, 1934 - 18 July, 2001) was a West Indian cricketer who played 13 Tests for the West Indies in the 1950's. He was born in Saint Thomas, Jamaica and died of Parkinson's disease in St Catherine, Jamaica at the age of 67.

Gilchrist's Test career might have been longer had he not been sent home halfway through West Indies' 1958-59 tour of the subcontinent after disagreements with captain Gerry Alexander. One cause of this was Gilchrist's "penchant for bowling beamers from 18 yards" as Cricinfo has put it, as well as off-field arguments.cite web | url= | title=I fought the law | accessdate=2006-11-09 | author=Miller, Andrew | coauthors=Williamson, Martin | date=2006-11-09 | publisher=Cricinfo] This involved deliberately overstepping the bowling mark by four yards in order to come closer to the batsman and intimidate him. In the Fourth Test at Nagpur, after Indian batsman AG Kripal Singh had struck three consecutive boundaries and taunted him in an attempt to have him lose his temper and be sent home, Gilchrist deliberately overstepped the bowling mark by six metres and delivered a bouncer which hit the Sikh batsman in the head and dislodged his turban.

He later attracted attention while playing in the Lancashire League by removing a stump from the playing arena and striking an opposition batsman in the head.

After the end of his Test career he spent many years playing in the English Lancashire League. He was successful there, reaching 100 wickets each season until 1979, but there were continued stories of his violent temper. In 1967, Gilchrist was sentenced to three months' probation after attacking his wife Novlyn during an argument. The judge in the case said: "I hate to think English sport has sunk so far that brutes will be tolerated because they are good at games."



* [ Cricinfo page on Roy Gilchrist]

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