Sir Everton’s last innings at Kensington Oval
Former West Indies batting icon Sir Everton Weekes graced the crease at Kensington Oval for his final innings on Thursday morning.
Governor General Dame Sandra Mason and Prime Minister Mia Mottley led a gathering filled with dignitaries as Government ministers and ex-Cabinet members attended the funeral service.
The Who’s Who of West Indies cricket, past and present players, including Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Sir Charles Griffith and Sir Gordon Greenidge, among others, paid respect to Sir Everton.
President of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Conde Riley, former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bradshaw and Empire Club President Adrian King delivered tributes.
There was also a moving musical tribute by The Most Honourable Anthony “Gabby” Carter.
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles eulogised the man who scored 4 455 Test runs at an average of 58.61 in 48 matches while Reverend Dr Jeffrey Gibson delivered the sermon.
As the service came to an end, the casket bearing Sir Everton’s body was escorted from the region’s cricket mecca draped in the Cricket West Indies flag, to a guard of honour.
Sir Everton died on July 1, 2020 at the age of 95, five runs short of his life century. He was interred at UWI Cave Hill. (AGB)
Prime Minister Mia Mottley (centre), Sir Hilary Beckles and Adrian Donovan laying wreaths on Sir Everton’s coffin.
The casket is lowered at 3Ws Oval.