Ninety years of Everton Weekes
Thu, Feb 26, '15
Of all the numbers stacked against the name Everton de Courcy Weekes in scorebooks the world over, 90 carries an unfortunate significance.
It was his score in West Indies' first innings of the fourth Test against India in Chepauk, Madras, now Chennai, in January 1949. Ten more runs would have extended his overall record of five successive Test hundreds that has never been surpassed; he was cut short by a run-out decision by the square-leg umpire that Weekes now euphemistically describes as "rather doubtful".
Sixty-six years on, the figure 90 carries an altogether happier connotation for a celebrated cricketer, now Sir Everton Weekes, Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG), holder of Barbados' Gold Crown of Merit (GCM), who enters the tenth decade of a fulfilling life on Thursday.
SOUTH AFRICA V WEST INDIES PREVIEW
Thu, Feb 26, '15
If you go by numbers alone, Friday’s (Thursday, February 26 in the West Indies) clash in Sydney is one of the biggest mismatches of the tournament. South Africa has dominated the West Indies in recent seasons, winning 16 of their last 18 encounters. The only loss came at Port Elizabeth, in a dead rubber in January. You have to go back to November 2006 for the last time the West Indies won a big game against South Africa.
On that occasion in Jaipur, in the semifinal of the Champions Trophy, Chris Gayle biffed an unbeaten 133 from 135 balls as the West Indies went past a decent total with six overs to spare. That result was also indicative of how the rivalry has played out in global tournaments. South Africa has shaded it 3-2 at the World Cup, and they’re all square at 2-2 in the Champions Trophy, with the last game in Cardiff (2013) ending in a tie.
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WICB congratulates Gayle on record-breaking feat
Wed, Feb 25, '15
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – (CMC) – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has congratulated Chris Gayle, following his amazing double-hundred that propelled West Indies to their second victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Gayle was in record-breaking mood, smashing an incredible 215 off just 147 balls with 14 fours and 16 sixes as Windies beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis Method yesterday.
He was out at the last ball of the West Indies’ innings of 372 for two from their allocation of 50 overs in the Pool B match at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
“On behalf of the directors, management and staff of the WICB and the people of the region, I want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the team for their emphatic win and Chris for his brilliant innings today,” said Chief Executive Officer of the WICB Michael Muirhead.
Chris Gayle: West Indies opener hits first World Cup 200
Tue, Feb 24, '15
West Indies opener Chris Gayle hit the first double century in World Cup history in their Pool B victory over Zimbabwe at Canberra.
The 35-year-old left-hander reached 200 off 138 balls, hitting Tendai Chatara for a boundary in the 46th over.
His mark eclipsed the unbeaten 188 by South Africa's Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates in 1996.