The local cricket fraternity is mourning the loss of former outstanding national cricketer, Sheldon Gomes.
The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board says he reportedly passed away after ailing for some time on Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
In a media release this afternoon the TTCB says he was just a month shy of his 70th birthday.
The Arima-born right-handed batsman played 55 First Class matches and scored 2,645 runs comprising five centuries and 15 half-centuries and took 45 catches.
His highest score of 213 was recorded against Jamaica in the 1976- 1977 season which incidentally was his most prolific in regional cricket when he chalked up 633 runs for an impressive average of 70.33 per innings with three centuries.
Sheldon also played for North, East Trinidad and Queen’s Park Cricket Club.
The TTCB says Gomes was the elder brother of Larry Gomes, fondly called “Mr Dependable” who represented the West Indies when the regional cricketers were the undisputed kings of the game starting in the late 1970s and well into the 1980s.