Gilchrist only played 13 Tests for the West Indies as it was an era when the Caribbean kings were already blessed with pace bowlers such as Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith, but for many years he put the fear of God into CLL batsmen.
Only 5ft 9in, which was relatively diminutive for a fast bowler, Gilchrist nevertheless was able to generate formidable pace with his long, whippy right-arm action.
He first signed professional for Middleton in 1958, inspiring them to successive league titles.
In fact, his first match for Middleton, on 25 April 1958, was described as the "most sensational league cricket debut ever.''
Gilchrist destroyed Crompton, at Glebe Street, taking 10 for 38, including a hat -trick.
The following year Gilchrist came close to beating Dhattu Phadkar's all-time season bowling record, by taking 145 wickets.
He then moved into the Lancashire League, and played with Bacup for a year, before joining Great Chell in the Staffordshire League.
He returned to the CLL as professional for Crompton in 1965 and had another two-year stint with them in 1974/75.
After leaving Crompton, Gilchrist played in the Saddleworth League, but he then was persuaded to make a comeback in the CLL, and he signed for Castleton Moor in the 1980s, completing a few games for them as an amateur and, after the matches, entertaining members with his Jamaican steel band.
Gilchrist returned home to Jamaica in the 1990s, and it was there that he died last week, after a long fight against Alzheimer's Disease.
CLL president Paul Rocca, who played with Gilchrist in the 1959 Middleton team, said: "I think most people who knew Gilly, or played against him, will agree that he was the fastest bowler ever to have played in the CLL.''
Gilly bowled 5 straight beamer to Hanif..the greatest batsman pak has ever produced.. just image Yousaf/inzi get 5 beamer they would have quit cricket for good.