1st March 2016
The Mason & Guests Show
Sir Everton Weekes has turned 91, and I was asked to write and record an introduction to the legend, which you can read below, and hear here.
The full edition of the show will hopefully soon become available to listen to here.
One of Barbados’ greatest living legends turned 91 last Friday, & this programme would like to add its own tribute to the magnificent Sir Everton de Courcy Weekes, KCMG, GCM, OBE.
Scorer of 4,455 Test runs at 58.61 with 15 centuries – & joint record holder for the fastest to 1,000 Test runs in just 12 inngs in a sequence that reads: 35, 25, 36, 20, 36, 141, 128, 194, 162, 101, 90 & 56. Those 5 successive 100s remain a Test record, & the subsequent knock, dismissed 10 short of a 6th successive ton, was a dubious run-out decision in India.
An all-time batting great, he totaled over 12,000 runs in a 1st-class career that spanned 20 yrs from 1945-1964, & was later a coach, commentator, administrator & an ICC intl match referee.
He was an Indian cricketer of the year in 1949; a Wisden cricketer of the year in 1951; & was inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009. Knighted in 1995, Sir Everton was also an army Lance-Corporal, a Justice of the Peace, & represented Barbados at both bridge & soccer – appropriate for a man named by his father after an English football team.
Former Prime Minister, Owen Arthur said of him: “Through his excellence on the cricket field, Sir Everton helped in a fundamental way to change Barbados for the better, forever, by proving that true excellence cannot be constrained by social barriers”; while the WICB’s President, Dave Cameron saluted his birthday, saying: “The region & the world celebrate with Sir Everton & we wish him the best for this special occasion.”
The Mason & Guests show echoes & endorses those sentiments, & extend Sir Everton Weekes the best of wishes, good health & happiness.