Windies great Sir Everton Weekes passed away
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Sir Everton Weekes, one of the gifted batsmen in Caribbean history and last of the legendry the ‘Three W’s’ has passed away on Wednesday. He was 95.
Former players paid rich tributes to this West Indies legend upon the news of his demise.
“We lost a legend today. Sir Everton Weekes is part of @windiescricket’s great history and legacy. He also was a great human being. Condolences go out to his family. May he Rest In Peace,” Daren Sammy wrote paying tribute to Weekes.
“I had the great privilege of spending time in the company of Sir Everton on several occasions over the past 2 decades. Never once did I leave his presence without feeling a sense of warmth, cheerfulness & having learnt something rich & endearing each time. A truly great human being,” Bishop tweeted.
“Sir Everton Weeks is the most amazing pioneer in West Indies cricket, a tremendous gentleman and a wonderful human being. He was literally a founding father of our cricket. May he rest in peace,” CWI President Ricky Skerritt wrote in his reaction.
The West Indies Cricket (WIC) wrote on its official Twitter post, “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of an icon, a legend, our hero, Sir Everton Weekes. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans around the world. May he rest in peace.”
Everton Weekes along with Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell formed the Barbados-born trio, ‘the three Ws’ that dominated world cricket in the post-war era. Weekes, who was considered the best batsman among the three, played 48 Tests for the West Indies.
Barbados-born Weekes made his Test debut at the age of 22 against Eeekes played 48 Test matches scoring 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61 per inningsIn 143 years of Test cricket only Weekes has hit five consecutive tons in 5 Test innings.
His record five centuries came in 1948 -- scores of 141 against England in Jamaica, followed by scores of 128, 194, 162 and 101 in India. In his next innings, he made 90 when he was run out.
His streak of five Test hundreds in five innings, all made in 1948, his debut year as a Test cricketer, is still unmatched to this day.
Weeks was also a highly respected coach, analyst, team manager, match referee for the International Cricket Council, and a member of the ICC Hall of Fame.
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