Ken Wishart

Full name: Kenneth Leslie Wishart
Born: 28 Nov 1908, London, England
Died: 18 Oct 1972, Georgetown, Demerara, Guyana
Batting: Left-hand batsman
Bowling: Unknown
Teams: Guyana (FC: 1929-1947); West Indies (Test: 1935); All teams
School: Queen's College (Georgetown
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Born in London on November 28, 1908, Ken Wishart was the second son of a doctor who became Georgetown's first Medical Health Officer. As an opening batsman, he scored 88 and 77 in successive games - and in trying circumstances - for British Guiana against England in Georgetown in 1929-30, but had to wait until England toured the Caribbean in 1934-35 for Test recognition.

He scored 52 (run out, out of a total of 184) and 0 in his only Test match, against RES Wyatt's  England team in 1935 at Bourda, although experts felt that he should have been picked five years earlier, when in better form. That he did not play again was probably the result of a policy at the time to choose a nucleus of six players for the Test team and then complete the eleven with others from the "home" territory.

An outstanding administrator, he later became secretary of both the Guyana and the West Indies Cricket Boards, whose business was carried out with a rare efficiency during his tenures of office. He was Guyana's representative on the West Indies Board from 1949 until his retirement in early 1972. He served for a brief period in the early 1960s as secretary of the Board.

At the time of his death he was president of the Guyana Cricket Board and virtually in charge of the prestigious Georgetown Cricket Club and its Test ground, Bourda. He was also the first Guyanese to be made a director of Booker’s (rising from junior clerk) - an achievement in those days. A legend in his own time, he was not a man easily crossed.

Batting and Fielding Averages
Team Format Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Guyana FC 15 30 2 654 88 23.35 0 4 - 7 0
West Indies Test 1 2 0 52 52 26.00 0 1 0 0 0