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Trinidad: Test Batting

Jeff Stollmeyer 104 v Australia, Sydney, 1951-52

An innings of outstanding courage and class. West Indies had little or no chance of chasing 416 to win this match - they had been bowled out for 78 first time round - but Jeffrey Stollmeyer was never likely to go down without a fight. No-one else made it past 25 as Ray Lindwall and Keith Miller turned on the blowtorch with some fast and furious short-pitched bowling but Stollmeyer stood firm, unveiled some classy strokes where possible, and battled through to a gallant century. And until he fell - at 192 for 5 - West Indies even had a sniff of an outrageous victory.

Brian Lara 153 v Australia, Barbados, 1998-99

An innings of beauty and wonder, which took West Indies to one of the famous victories in cricket history. At 98 for 6, replying to Australia's 490, they were dead and buried. But they worked their way back into the contest until they were set 308 to win. On a spicy, tricky pitch - Lara's score was more than four times the highest on either side in the second innings - it should have been beyond them, but when Lara plays like this, anything is possible. Helped by crucial innings from Jimmy Adams and Curtly Ambrose, he crashed a six and 19 fours, the last of them a thrilling cover-drive off Jason Gillespie that sealed the win and sparked the mother of all pitch invasions.

Larry Gomes 124* v Australia, Adelaide, 1981-82

Typical Gomes: cool as a cucumber in a crisis situation. West Indies went into the last Test 1-0 down, and at 194 for 6 in reply to Australia's 238 the series was in danger of slipping away. But Gomes batted right through, unbeaten for nearly seven hours, as the West Indies added a soul-destroying 195 for the last four wickets. Gomes got good help from Jeff Dujon and Andy Roberts, but his was the wicket Australia desperately wanted, the one whose will they could not brake. It completed a fine series for Gomes, who made 126 in the previous match. As West Indies celebrated squaring the series, his place as the middle-order anchor was nailed on.

Brian Lara 221 v Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2001-02

It was a tour to forget for West Indies. Smashed 3-0 by Sri Lanka, they were at the mercy of the great Muttiah Muralitharan - with one, glorious exception. Lara was in transcendent touch throughout the Test series: his scores were 178, 40, 74, 45, 221 and 130, and against Muralitharan he averaged 143. His double- century, made in the final Test at Colombo, was the pick, a majestic performance in an innings where only two other West Indians made double figures. He could do nothing about West Indies' collapse but, after a couple of years in which indifferent form and injury had taken their toll, this was emphatic proof that Brian Charles Lara was back.

Brian Lara 277 v Australia, Sydney, 1992-93

This was the innings that told the cricket world it had a genius in its ranks. It was Lara's fifth Test, he had never before made a century, but with West Indies under the hammer he careered to a glorious 277 in seven hours of sheer bliss. It turned a momentous series on its head: from being 1-0 down and 31 for 2 facing a first-innings total of 503, West Indies had the better of a drawn Test and went on to take the series 2-1. Even by the standards he would go on to reach, this was an innings chock-full of dazzling strokes. Had he not been run-out, he might have taken Garry Sobers' record even earlier. "I can hardly remember my hundred," said Lara's captain Richie Richardson afterwards. "It was difficult playing and being a spectator at the same time."

Brian Lara 213 v Australia, Jamaica, 1998-99

How quickly a tide can turn when a genius is at work. From 51 all out in Trinidad to a glorious victory in the next match in Jamaica, and all because of the dazzling brilliance of Brian Lara. For one unforgettable Sunday, Lara and Jimmy Adams were invincible - but while Adams held up his end as doggedly as ever, Lara crashed the Australian attack everywhere. Fourteen wickets fell on day one, 14 on day three - but none on day two as Lara worked his magic. Tony Cozier described it as the most significant innings ever played by a West Indian. After a rocky few years - Lara had not made a Test century for 21 months - the people of the Caribbean were back in love with their Trinidadian genius.

Brian Lara 375 v England, Antigua, 1993-94

The innings that created a superstar. There was little hint of what was to follow when West Indies skidded to 12 for 2 on the first morning of this dead rubber. But then came Lara, whose eyes, it soon became clear, were on making history. At the end of the first day, when he was 164 not out, Garry Sobers' Test-record 365 seemed a reasonable prospect. At the end of the second, when he had zoomed to 320 not out, it looked a certainty. And so it came to pass that, on 365, and after a chanceless innings, he pulled Chris Lewis for four that sparked a momentous pitch invasion, and a handshake from Sobers, whose record he had taken. Two months later he had the highest first-class score, too, 501 not out. The world was not enough.

Charlie Davis 183 v New Zealand, Barbados, 1971-72

With a first-innings deficit of 289, West Indies needed something special to get out of jail. When they then slipped to 171 for 5 with nearly two days still to go, the fat lady was clearing her throat. But the pitch was still true and Charlie Davis, as only he could, dug in for the long haul. Dropped early on by Glenn Turner, he made New Zealand pay through more than ten hours of unyielding defence. Supported by Garry Sobers, with who he added 254 for the sixth wicket, Davis simply went on and on and on, grinding New Zealand's hopes of victory into the dust. Only a run-out could prise him from the crease.

Clifford Roach 209 v England, Guyana, 1929-30

The first-ever match-winning innings by a West Indian batsman. On an unforgettable first day, Roach blasted the England bowling to all parts. His 209 ended with the very last ball of the day, but by then West Indies were 336 for 2 - a position of control that they never relinquished as they went on to record the first of many victories in Test cricket. In less than five hours Roach thrashed 22 fours and 3 sixes. None of the great Caribbean openers that would follow him could have done a more complete demolition job.

Gus Logie 98 v England, Trinidad, 1989-90

It was the stickiest of situations. West Indies, one down with two to play, had been reduced to 29 for 5 after losing a crucial toss on a grassy Trinidad wicket. But England had yet to get rid of the perennial thorn in their side, and Gus Logie, dropped early on Jack Russell, counter-attacked beautifully to take West Indies to respectability. Crucial, he added 74 for the ninth wicket with Ian Bishop to drive England to distraction, and he was just two short of a splendid century when he cut Angus Fraser to cover. The runs proved crucial: when bad light curtailed the final day's play prematurely, England were just 31 runs short of victory.