Everton Weekes

Country: West Indies
Born: February 26, 1925, Pickwick Gap, Westbury, St Michael, Barbados
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Died: July 01, 2020, Barbados, (aged 95y 126d)

Everton Weekes Bio

Everton De Courcy Weekes, a legendary cricketer hailing from the West Indies, is often regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Born on February 26, 1925, in Saint Michael, Barbados, Weekes was a vital member of the famous trio known as the “Three Ws,” alongside Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott. With his explosive batting technique, unyielding determination, and ability to adapt to any situation, Weekes etched his name in the annals of cricket history as an iconic figure.

Weekes made his debut against England in 1947-48, which proved to be a lukewarm start to his international career. Subsequently, he was dropped to make room for the illustrious George Headley, but resurfaced when Headley had to withdraw. Facing the hostile Kingston crowd, who vehemently preferred John Holt over Weekes, he battled the vocal criticism only to silence his detractors with a remarkable innings of 141. This remarkable display of resilience was just a glimpse of the greatness that was to come.

On the subsequent tour of India, Weekes established himself as a force to be reckoned with. He amassed a staggering 779 runs at an average of 111.28 and set a world record with five consecutive centuries, the highest being 194 in Bombay. In a cruel twist of fate, his bid for a sixth century was shattered by a controversial run-out decision in Madras. Undeterred by this setback, Weekes embarked on the 1950 tour of England, where he continued his majestic form, accumulating a mammoth 2310 runs at an astounding average of 79.65. During this tour, he etched his name in history books by scoring a triple hundred against Cambridge.

However, in the Test matches against England, Weekes scored a respectable 338 runs with an average of 56.33, signaling a temporary dip in form. Subsequently, on the Australian tour that followed, his batting prowess showed signs of resurgence. Against India in 1952-53, at Port-of-Spain, he notched up 207 in the first Test and another magnificent hundred in the third Test, further solidifying his reputation as a run-machine.

The year 1953-54 witnessed Weekes’ dominance against England, where he consistently piled on the runs and cemented his status as a premier player. The New Zealand tour in 1955-56 showcased his outstanding skills once again, as he amassed 940 runs at an astounding average of 104.44 in just eight first-class matches.

Weekes’ 1957 tour of England was marred by health issues, yet he managed to display his indomitable spirit with an impressive 90 runs on a treacherous Lord’s wicket, despite enduring a painful blow to the hand. Following this tour, a nagging thigh injury began to plague him, leading to an unsuccessful operation. Although Weekes was still in his early 30s, he decided to retire, bidding farewell to the sport that he had graced with his genius.

In addition to his illustrious international career, Everton Weekes also made his mark in English League cricket and participated in various Commonwealth sides. After retiring as a player, he dedicated his expertise to coaching in Barbados. His significant contributions to the world of cricket were recognized when he was awarded the MBE and the CBE. Furthermore, Weekes served as an ICC referee, adding another feather to his already decorated cap. In 1995, he became the last of the “Three Ws” to be knighted, a testament to his extraordinary accomplishments and everlasting legacy.

Weekes’ impact on the sport extended far beyond his playing days. His mere presence on the field was an inspiration for countless cricketers, and his contributions to the game will forever be revered. Everton Weekes, the master craftsman of the cricket bat, shall always occupy a position of honor in the pantheon of cricketing greats.

Everton Weekes Career Stats

Everton Weekes Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 48 81 5 4455 207 58.61 - - 15 19 - 2 49 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 152 241 24 12010 304* 55.34 - - 36 54 - - 124 1
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Everton Weekes Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 48 10 122 77 1 1/8 1/8 77 3.78 122 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 152 - 1125 731 17 4/38 - 43 3.89 66.1 - 0 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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