The “Founding Father” of the West Indies Cricket dies at Age 95!

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Everton Weekes

Everton Weekes who is the last of the famed West indies “Three Ws” & the “Founding Father” of West Indies Cricket died on Wednesday at the age of 95.

“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”, tweeted Cricket West indies. Today the national stadium in Bridgetown is also named the Three Ws Oval.

Talking about his career Weekes played 48 Test matches between 1948 & 1958 & scored 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61. His highest score in his career was 207.

“A most amazing pioneer in West Indies cricket,” said CWI president Ricky Skerritt.

Skerritt hailed Weekes said, “amazing legacy as both a great cricketer and a great human being. He was the last of the famous three Ws to pass to the great beyond. I had a personal relationship with Sir Everton, I had the opportunity last year to go to visit him at his home in Barbados when he had come out of hospital after he had had a very serious illness. He was a most amazing man and just one of the most humble and decent and wonderful people you could ever meet.”

Weekes suffered a heart attack in 2019 & has scored whopping 15 centuries including five in an extra-ordinary sequence which is an outstanding record registered on his name. Former West Indies captain Jeffrey Stollmeyer described Weekes as “a five foot six inch bundle of muscle”.

When West indies toured India he played a crucial role in the innings by scoring 128 in Delhi, 194 in Bombay, 162 & 101 in Calcutta.

West idnies Cricket Association also took to Twitter to pay final tribute to the legendary player, it 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,” said the MCC. “He will forever be remembered as one of West Indies cricket’s finest cricketers”, added MCC.

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