Berkeley Gaskin

Full name: Berkeley Bertram McGarrell Gaskin
Born: 21st March 1908, Georgetown, Guyana
Died: 2nd May 1979, Georgetown, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium
Teams: Guyana (Main FC: 1929-1953); West Indies (Test: 1948); All teams
Club: Demerara Cricket Club
School: Clarkson Congregational, Alberttown, and Queen's College
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Berkely Bertram McGarrell Gaskin represented Guyana, as a right arm swing bowler, between 1929 and 1953, and was capped by the West Indies, just short of his 40th birthday. Passionate about life, cricket and jazz, he was one of the most erudite men I have ever known. He gave valuable service as a WICB member, a Guyana and West Indies selector for many years, and managed the West Indies team on the epic tour of the UK in 1963.

He would surely have become the President of the WIBC, had circumstances not dictated his temporary absence from Guyana. Almost a second father to me, history, in my view, should have been far more generous to his memory. (Stephen Camacho)

Berkeley McGarrell Gaskin was manager of the 1963 West Indies team in England, as well as those to India and Pakistan in 1958-59 and Australia and New Zealand ten years later.  A medium-pace bowler, he played in two Test matches, against England in 1947-48, with little success. He was already close to his fortieth birthday.

He will be fondly remembered for his services as an administrator, having served as Guyana's representative on the West Indies Board of Control and as a Test selector. He was president of the Guyana CA at the time of his death. One of the least palatable tasks which befell him during his managerial days was the sending home of fast bowler Roy Gilchrist from the India-Pakistan tour on disciplinary grounds. (Wisden)

Berkley Gaskin and Winifred Thierens of Buxton were married and they reproduced a few children, at least two sons. Winifred Gaskin would become more popular than her husband in Guyana, and the Caribbean Basin. (Daily Argosy - May 7, 1938: page 9)

Batting and fielding averages
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Guyana FC 38 64 13 764 64 14.98 0 2 0 16 0
All FC 41 68 13 782 64 14.21 0 2   19 0
West Indies Test 2 3 0 17 10 5.66 0 0 0 1 0
Bowling averages
Team Format Mat Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Guyana FC 2 10723 377 4186 136 7/58 - 30.77 2.34 78.85 0 0 0
All FC 41 11341 402 4401 139 7/58 - 31.66 2.32 81.5   6 0
West Indies Test 2 474 24 158 2 1/15 1/45 79.00 2.00 237.00 0 0 0