Everton Weekes, one of the biggest batsmen in West India, former ICC referee and ICC Hall of Famer, died at the age of 95.
Weekes was born on February 26, 1925, and passed 48 tests between 1948 and 1958. 4,455 runs with an average of 58.61 were achieved during this time. Of the players who scored more than 4,000 test runs, only four players maintained a higher average.
Along with Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell, he was one of the three Ws, a Barbados-born triumvirate who helped make West Indies an impressive team in the post-war years. Weekes has been ranked as the biggest batsman of the three and holds the record for most centuries in consecutive test innings.
In 1948, his first year in test cricket, he scored five hundred in a row against England and India. In his next test innings, Weekes was controversial for 90, 10 runs less than the record for centuries in a row for all top-class cricket.
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. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/RnwoJkhjPd— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) July 1, 2020
After his last test in 1958, Weekes worked as a trainer, administrator and ICC referee. He coached Canada at the 1979 World Cricket Championship, was appointed Barbados Government Sports Officer, was also Justice of the Peace and was a member of the Barbados Police Commission. He also represented Barbados on the bridge.
He was knighted in 1995 and recognized several times across Barbados. The Three Ws Oval at the University of West Indies in Barbados is named after the trio he belongs to, while the Worrell, Walcott, and Weekes booth overlooks the Kensington Oval. In 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.