Vibart Wight

Full name: Claude Vibart Wight
Born: 28 Jul 1902, Georgetown, Guyana
Died: 04 Oct 1969, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm (unknown style)
Relations: Brother: OS Wight; Cousin: GL Wight; Cousin: PB Wight; Cousin: HA Wight; Cousin: ND Wight; Great-nephew: C Wight; Great-nephew: D Wight; Great-nephew: M Wight; Great-nephew: P Wight
Teams: Guyana (FC: 1925-1938); West Indies (Test: 1928, 1930); All teams
School: Queen's College
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

A senior relative of at least nine other cricket-playing family members, Vibart Wight was a useful middle-order batsman and an occasional bowler.

His first match of note was for British Guiana against the visiting MCC led by FSG Calthorpe in February 1926 and a few days later he represented the West Indies, not then a Test playing nation, against the same tourists. In neither game did he disgrace himself. Indeed in the second match he scored 90 and with CR Browne, the only player to out-score him with 102 not out, he shared a seventh-wicket partnership of 173.

In January 1928, Wight scored 119 not out for Rest of West Indies against a 'British Born' team at Bridgetown, Barbados. This must have been sufficient to earn him a place on the upcoming West Indies tour of England during the English summer.

Despite having no captaincy experience, Wight was appointed vice-captain for the 1928 West Indies tour of England, including the inaugural West Indies Test series. Scoring 343 runs on the tour at an average of 20.17, it surprised no one that Wight had to miss the first two Tests. He made his Test debut in the third (and final) Test, at the Oval, scoring 23 and 12 not out.

His only other Test was the third Test in the return series, played in February 1930 at Bourda, British Guiana. Unfortunately, his contribution to the historic West Indian victory was just 10 and 22.

Wight scored two more first class centuries after his last Test. In September 1934 he scored 130 (and 76, incidentally) for Guyana against Barbados  at Bourda, and in October 1937 he scored 127 for Guyana against Trinidad, at Bourda again, before being dismissed 'hit wicket'. In all first-class matches, Wight scored 1,547 runs at a respectable average of 30.94.

Vibart Wight was the mayor of Georgetown three times and his family were shareholders to both the “Daily Chronicle” and “Daily Argosy Guyana newspapers.

Batting and Fielding Averages
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Guyana FC 18 29 1 942 130 33.64 2 2 5 0
All FC 40 61 11 1547 130 30.94 3 3 20 0
West Indies Test 2 4 1 67 23 22.33 0 0 0 0
Bowling Averages
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave 4w 5w 10wM SRate Econ
Guyana FC 312 7 203 3 1-18 1-18 67.67 - 0 0 104.00 3.90
All FC 342 8 209 3 1-18 1-18 69.67 - 0 0 114.00 3.66
West Indies Test 30 1 6 0 0-6 0-6 - - 0 0 - 1.20