WIPA hails legend Sir Everton

Ross Houston
July 2, 2020

"Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of an icon". Weekes officiated as an ICC match referee in three Tests and four one-day internationals, all in 1994. His family lived in a wooden shack and his father was obliged to spend more than a decade in Trinidad sending the family back money. That included a world-record five consecutive centuries in 1948 - scores of 141 against England in Jamaica, followed by scores of 128, 194, 162 and 101 in India.

West Indies great Sir Everton Weekes has died at the age of 95 at his home in Barbados after a long battle with ill-health, local media reported on Wednesday.

With Weekes, Walcott and Worrell in the middle-order, the West Indies rose from being a lightweight Test nation to world-leaders, laying the ground for the likes of Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards.

Sir Everton made his global debut in 1948 against England in Bridgetown and went on to play 48 tests for West Indies, scoring 4,455 runs at a superb average of 58.61 - the 10th highest in Test cricket history among players who have played more than 20 innings.

"He had an awesome legacy as a great cricketer and great human being".

Everton de Courcy Weekes was born in Pickwick Gap, Barbados on February 26, 1925.

An accomplished batsman, he retired boasting a Test average of 58.61 and once scored five successive centuries before being controversially run out for 90 going for a sixth. "A legend, our hero". We salute his legacy and offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and the cricket fraternity.

"I want to pay tribute to Sir Everton's incredible legacy as both a great cricketer and a great human being". "He was both a great cricketer and a cricket human being". He was the most awesome man.

The England and Wales Cricket Board added its condolences in a Twitter post which said: "A true great of the game. And one of the most humble and decent and wonderful people you would ever have met". "We would also be highlighting Late Banerjee's contribution to Bengal Cricket since one has to remember that he had been the highest wicket-taker during the 1952 / 53 season where Bengal lost to Holkar in the Ranji Final at Eden Gardens by a whisker".

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends".

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