Ivan Madray

Full name: Ivan Samuel Madray
Born: 02 Jul 1934, Port Mourant, Berbice, Guyana
Died: 23 Apr 2009, Georgetown, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Leg-break
Teams: Guyana (FC: 1955-1958); West Indies (Test: 1958); Lincolnshire (ListA: 1966-1967); All teams
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Ivan Madray was a right-arm leg-spinner from Port Mourant who came into prominence at about the same as his clubmates Basil Butcher, Rohan Kanhai and Joe Solomon, as Berbice county stepped into cricket history.

Madray was invited to join the Port Mourant Cricket Club by club captain Johnny Teekasingh, who was himself a renowned leg-spinner. Teekasingh convinced Madray to switch from off-spin to leg-spin. Madray represented Berbice in the inaugural Jones Cup inter-county competition, played at Onderneeming in Essequibo county in October 1954, which Berbice won handsomely.

The following year (November 1955), Berbice barely hung on to the Jones Cup, in their match against Demerara at Bourda. Responding to Demerara's 441 for declared, Berbice struggled to 260 for 9 when time ran out, with leg-spinner Madray scoring a resolute 38 not out.

Madray made his first class debut for British Guiana against the touring Australians on April 20, 1955. Press reports on the match stated that Madray "demonstrated that he was British Guiana's best leg-spinner", taking 3 for 122 in Australia's score of 476-7 declared. Australia won the match by an innings.

Strangely, his first-class career consisted of only six matches and was over by the time he was 24. He subsequently moved to England and played for Lincolnshire. He played two Tests against Pakistan in 1958.

Ivan Madray died aged 74 at the Georgetown Public Hospital, a day after being admitted with hypertension.

Batting and Fielding Averages
Team Format Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Guyana FC 4 5 0 70 28 14.00 0 0 - - 3 0
All FC 6 8 0 73 28 9.12 0 0     5 0
West Indies Test 2 3 0 3 2 1.00 0 0 0 0 2 0
Bowling Averages
Team Fomat Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4wI 5wI 10wM
Guyana FC 1094 25 514 16 4-61 5-79 32.12 2.82 68.38 2 0 0
All FC 1304 31 622 16 4-61 5-79 38.87 2.86 81.50 2 0 0
West Indies Test 210   108 0 0-12 0-54 - 3.08 - 0 0 0