Irvine Shillingford

Irvine Shillingford

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Irvine Theodore Shillingford (born 18 April 1944, Dublanc, Dominica) was a West Indian cricketer who played four Tests and two ODIs in 1977 and 1978. He also played a further 88 first class games, 49 of them for the Combined Islands, whom he represented from its inception in 1961 until the dissolution of the team in 1981. He also played first class cricket for the Windward Islands.

His Test career began when he was selected for three Tests of the five-match 1976-77 home Test series against Pakistan, replacing Maurice Foster who had made 19 runs from number six in the first Test. Shillingford had made the most runs in the Shell Shield the previous season, with 257, and though he was aged nearly 33 he was given the chance. He made 39 from number five in the first West Indies' innings - in an 81-run partnership with opener Roy Fredericks, helping the West Indies to a lead of 136 runs on first innings. Shillingford only made two runs in the second innings, but the West Indies still won with six wickets to spare.

Shillingford was retained for the third Test, and held a catch to dismiss Khan in the first innings, as Pakistan made 194. After the West Indies lost Fredericks early on, Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards and Alvin Kallicharran took West Indies to 193 for 3 when Shillingford came in to bat, and batted for 315 minutes, hitting fifteen fours and one six in a career best 120. Despite Shillingford's century and a lead of 254, the West Indian bowlers could not back up the batsmen,...
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