Sir Everton De Courcey Weekes

Tuesday, 18th October 2011

Born on 26th February 1925, Everton Weekes grew up in the shadow of the Kensington Oval oblivious to the fact that he would later grace its sward as one of the greatest cricketers of all time.  A charming man, this wonderful sportsman has never forgotten his humble roots, and to this day he remains a man of the people, a favourite son of Barbados.  His cricket exploits are legendary, and in tandem with the late Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott they were affectionately dubbed the ‘3 Ws” by cricket lovers all over the world.  Sir Everton also holds a unique record of five test centuries in successive innings, a record that has stood for nearly 60 years.  It all seems a long way from his early days at the Oval;

“The ground has changed a lot in recent years to make it a great cricket stadium, but it always had plenty of cricket atmosphere and character.  When I first broke into the test team we had crowds of over 10,000 spectators every day, and many of them had to stand or sit in the hot sun as the stands were not as bit or as plentiful as today.  Everyone loved going to the matches and we were always very proud to represent the West Indies.

Sir Everton has lived to see a host of major changes throughout world cricket, but he is still an avid cricket follower and he remains passionate about its development and its future.  He was one of the committee members who worked with Allan Stanford to develop the sport in the other islands and he has served Barbados and West Indies cricket in a wide variety of roles since his playing days.  He’s the much loved ‘grand old man’ of West Indies cricket but certainly no dinosaur when it comes to discussing his first love ;

“You have to move with the times, and although some people may not like the shortened game of Twenty20, it is what the spectators and many of the players want.  I love all forms of cricket so I don’t have a problem with the modern trends.  There’s nothing quite like a big match at the Oval and many of my friends have been coming here from England for over 40years.  If I had one criticism of the Kensington Oval, then it is that it is under-used.  It is a great venue for Barbados sport and culture so let’s see it used for cricket, football and carnival.  They played Barbados football matches at the Oval years ago and there were big crowds.  The stadium has floodlights and could be a great venue for concerts and crop over events.

Sir Everton loves to see overseas visitors returning for the cricket and there is no doubt that he is one of the island’s greatest ambassadors.

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