“Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans around the world. May he rest in peace.”
Barbadian Weekes was a part of a feared post-World War II West Indies group which additionally featured Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell. Walcott died in 2006 whereas Worrell handed away in 1967. All three had been born inside a mile and a half of one another over an 18-month interval.
Today, the nationwide stadium in Bridgetown is known as the Three Ws Oval. Weekes performed 48 Tests between 1948 and 1958, scoring 4,455 runs at a median of 58.61. His highest Test rating was 207.
“A most amazing pioneer in West Indies cricket,” mentioned CWI president Ricky Skerritt. “A tremendous gentleman and a wonderful human being. He was literally a founding father of our cricket. May he rest in peace.”
Skerritt hailed Weekes’ “superb legacy as each an ideal cricketer and an ideal human being. He was the final of the well-known three Ws to go to the good past.
“I had a private relationship with Sir Everton, I had the chance final yr to go to go to him at his dwelling in Barbados when he had come out of hospital after he had had a really severe sickness.
“We had a chance to chat about his career. He was a most amazing man and just one of the most humble and decent and wonderful people you could ever meet.”
Weekes, who suffered a coronary heart assault in 2019, made 15 centuries together with 5 in a rare sequence that is still a report.
Former West Indies captain Jeffrey Stollmeyer described Weekes as “a five foot six inch bundle of muscle”. Weekes made his mark within the fourth Test in opposition to England in Jamaica in 1948 the place he crashed an assault that included Gubby Allen, Maurice Tremlett and Jim Laker for 141, resulting in a 10-wicket win.
When the West Indies went on to tour India later within the yr, he produced successive innings of 128 in Delhi, 194 in Bombay and 162 and 101 in Calcutta.
He must have had a sixth consecutive hundred however was run out for 90 in Madras, a call that Walcott described as “rather doubtful”.
In 1950 he performed a key supporting function to spinners Sonny Ramadhin and Alf Valentine in West Indies’ 3-1 sequence win in England. He made three half-centuries after which 129 at Trent Bridge.
Weekes returned to England in 1957 which produced one really memorable innings. It got here within the second innings at Lord’s with the West Indies, nonetheless trailing England by 217, on 80-Four and going through a heavy defeat.
The England assault of Fred Trueman, Brian Statham and Trevor Bailey exploited the ridge on the Nursery End to make the ball rear spitefully. Weekes joined Garry Sobers and set about including 100 in 95 minutes.
Weekes took a blow to the hand which cracked a finger however in a three-hour keep on the crease, continued to carve the bowlers round Lord’s, hitting 16 boundaries earlier than being dismissed for 90. It was that spirit and trendy devastation which followers remembered on Wednesday.
West Indies Players’ Association tweeted: “We salute a great West Indies icon; Sir Everton made an invaluable contribution to the sport, his country and the region. We were blessed to have him among us, may his soul rest in peace.”
“Everyone at MCC and Lord’s are saddened at the news of Sir Everton Weekes’ passing,” mentioned the MCC. “He will forever be remembered as one of West Indies cricket’s finest cricketers.”
Retired West Indies quick bowler Ian Bishop added: “I had the good privilege of spending time within the firm of Sir Everton on a number of events over the previous twenty years.
“Never as soon as did I go away his presence with out feeling a way of heat, cheerfulness & having learnt one thing wealthy & endearing every time. A really nice human being.”
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