The Cricketer International
Date: May 14 1955
Venue: Kensington Oval, Barbados
Individual Scores: Denis Atkinson 219; Clairmonte Depeiaza 122
The West Indies played host to the touring Australians for a five-Test series in 1955 with a strong squad that included the Three W’s of Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes and Clyde Walcott; Gary Sobers and the spin twins Sonny Ramadhin and Alf Valentine.
However, they found themselves outclassed by the tourists, whose great team including Keith Miller, Neil Harvey, Ray Lindwall and Richie Benaud.
It looked to be more of the same in the fourth Test in Barbados as Australia piled up 668 all out thanks to centuries from Miller and Lindwall and 98 from Ron Archer.
In response, the West Indies had been teetering on 147-6 when captain Denis Atkinson was joined by wicket-keeper Clairmonte Depeiaza, but the pair mounted quite a recovery.
They were together from the third day until the beginning of the fifth day, with Atkinson making 219 and Depeiaza tallying 122 in a total partnership of 347.
The pair were finally separated with the score at 494, having batted their side into safety.
The hosts could not force home their advantage as they were dismissed quickly for 510, and while they had Australia in some trouble at 177-8 in their second innings they could not press home their domination.
Atkinson and Depeiaza would be together again in the second innings, as they were at the crease when the match ended in a draw after a run-fest.
It was to be the high-point of the series for the West Indies, who lost 3-0 on home turf.