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Chris Gayle Salutes Runako Morton



Gayle used his tribute at Morton’s funeral service at the Elquemedo Willett Park, in Charlestown, Nevis, to share with mourners, his admiration for his former friend and cricket colleague. Gayle labeled Morton a warrior because he always fought for the betterment of his team and encouraged everyone on the field, and he tried to get the best out of everyone.

Gayle also added that he would have liked to have 10 Runako’s on the field with him, because of the spirit he showed. Gayle, along with fellow Jamaican Wavel Hinds, who also played for the West Indies Team, made the journey to Nevis to offer their final farewell to the cricketer, who died in a car accident in Trinidad, on 4th March, 2012.

The long list of persons delivering tributes included politicians, cricketers, fans, family members, and business men.

In his tribute, Nevisian Premier, Joseph Parry, described Runako as a coiled spring of unleashed energy, ever seeking to dominate cricket. Parry said batting was a sense of relief of all that source of energy and the field of play was his joy; and it was the ultimate place of defining the personality that the late player was.

Parry, who, like Morton also played for the Nevis and Leeward Island Cricket teams, explained that bringing Runako’s funeral to Nevis was a matter of demonstrating to the people of the island, what men like him have achieved; and what can be done to honour the example that they have set.

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas stated that death in the young is not welcome, and he told Runako’s family that he hoped the kind words expressed about him, will provide some sense of comfort, as they go through their time of grief.

Douglas further praised Runako for the representation he gave for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Opposition leader in Nevis, Vance Amory, and cousin of Runako Morton, delivered the Eulogy, and said that he felt that Runako was never given a fair chance in the West Indies team.

Amory, who is a former Premier of Nevis, and also a former Leeward Islands and Nevisian cricketer, indicated that despite the controversies, in which Runako was involved, he still managed to succeed and this was a testament to his determination.

After the funeral service, Morton was laid to rest at the St. George’s Public Cemetery, in Gingerland.

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