Weekes was a true patriot - Heaven

July 02, 2020
Sir Everton Weekes
Sir Everton Weekes

Jamaica Cricket Association President Wilford 'Billy' Heaven remembers the late Sir Everton Weekes as a true patriot of West Indies cricket.

Sir Everton passed away yesterday at home in Christ Church, Barbados after a period of illness, which also hospitalised him last year after a heart attack.

Heaven recalls meeting Weekes at a cricket match at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, around two years ago and he said his passion for the game made a lasting impression on him.

"We were watching a match there and he invited me to have a seat beside him and we were there talking for the duration of the match," Heaven told STAR Sports. "We shared some significant memories. We had some discussions and I still have few photographs on my phone of us and it was such an eye-opener. He spoke about back in his days as a player. He was comparing with the present West Indies team.

Sheer love

"I would ask pertinent questions about the difference between then and now. I can remember Sir Everton saying the motivation to play back then would be sheer love for the game, pride, and all of that to represent your country, the region and to really do your best. Those were significant points made to me and I really enjoyed his company that day.

"I'm not a cricketer, and even if I were, I would not be in his class."

Heaven said he thinks every cricket playing nation is saddened by Sir Everton's passing.

"It is sad to see him go, but we were blessed with his life," he said. "He came and made a very, very significant contribution to the game of cricket, and I imagine in other spheres of life. He had an illustrious career and his legacy will continue to impact the lives of generations to come. I just want to wish his family and the Barbados Cricket Association and the Barbados cricket fraternity sincere condolences. May his soul rest in eternal peace."

Weekes is known as a member of the legendary "Three Ws" in the Windies team, which also consisted of Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott, who all debuted weeks apart in 1948. They played a significant role in the team getting its first ever Test win over rivals England in 1950. A year later, both Weekes and Worrell were named Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

He had a top score of 207 runs, 15 centuries, and 19 half centuries, totalling 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61 in Test cricket.

Weekes retired in 1958 and was knighted in 1995.

- R.P.

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