Picture of Lance Gibbs

Lance Gibbs

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
West Indies
Roles played:
Home country:
West Indies
September 29, 1934, Queenstown, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana


Successful spinners from West Indies sound a little out of ordinary, but Lance Gibbs was precisely that, a very flourishing off spinner, who became only the second bowler – and the first spinner – in the history of Test cricket to pick up 300 wickets. At a time, where the ‘Doosra’ had not yet been discovered, Gibbs relied on his height to extract the bounce, and his unusually long fingers to get turn out of the wickets. It was his ability to keep one end bottled up with his accuracy that earned him his accolades – and most of his wickets too!

Towards the end of his career, he also managed to develop the quicker, straighter one, something that helped add variety to his bowling. While his 309 wickets in 79 Tests came at an average of 29, his economy rate of 1.98 per over of six balls each was something to really marvel. He passed the 300 wickets mark in his last series – against Australia – and retired soon after having a not so successful tour at an age of 42.

Gibbs, who was incidentally the cousin of Clive Lloyd, later migrated to USA and settled there for many years, before managing the West Indian team in 1991.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 79 109 488 39 6.97 - 0 0 25
ODI 3 1 0 1 - 0 0 0 0*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 79 148 27115 8989 309 8/38 / 29.09 1.98 11 18 2 0
ODI 3 3 156 59 2 1/12 / 29.5 2.26 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 52 0 0


West Indies Vs Pakistan at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain - Trinidad - Feb 05, 1958
Last played:
West Indies Vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Jan 31, 1976
West Indies Vs England at Headingley, Leeds - Sep 05, 1973
Last played:
West Indies Vs Sri Lanka at Old Trafford, Manchester - Jun 07, 1975