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Umpire Weekes to be Buried Tuesday

Weeks who was 73 years old, died last Thursday 17th January, at approximately 8:40pm, at the home of his niece. Though with no children of his own, umpire Weekes was close to many of his relatives, including his nephew, umpire Troy “Biff” Mills, whom he inspired to serve the sport in that capacity.

The funeral service is expected to be attended by hundreds of Sandy Pointers, sports officials, cricketers, umpires and some of his former colleagues in the teaching profession.

The service will be conducted at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sandy Point at 3:00 pm. It has been stated also that viewing of the remains will commence at 2:00 pm.

Tributes have been pouring in from all sectors of society, here in St. Kitts and Nevis and overseas, praising Mr. Weekes, for his sterling contributions in education and cricket. He was the first and remained until his death the only Test Cricket umpire from St. Kitts Nevis and the Leeward Islands.

“He slipped away from the field of life just as he had lived, in a very peaceful manner. Strangely enough, although he was ill, he bowled us an unplayable googly, and we really did not see this coming,” stated Mr. Biff Mills.

Andrew Emanuel Weekes was born at Fahie’s Estate on June 25th 1940.

He spent his Primary School days at St Pauls, before completing his formal education at the Sandy Point Senior School.

After graduating in 1957, he began his teaching career at the tender age of fourteen (14) at the Old Road Government School, and then the Verchild’s All-Age School. His monthly salary was $24.00

 

Andrew was then transferred to the St. Paul’s All-Age School, before going to teach Mathematics at the Convent High School (now the Immaculate Conception Catholic School [ICCS]) in 1969, where he stayed until he retired in 1997.

 

He started playing cricket as an all-rounder for Crab Hill in the 1950’s, then later for St. Anne in the 50’s & 60’s, and Sandy Point from the late 50’s to late 60’s.

He was awarded a camera for taking a hat-trick with his off breaks against Old Road in the 60’s.

He played football as an inside-right for Eagles in the 1950’s, Carlisle in the 50’s & 60’s, and Sandy Point in the 50’s & 60’s.

He was a football referee from the 1960’s until 1978.

He started umpiring in the local league in Sandy Point in the 50’s.

While a teacher at the Convent High School, with the help of Mr. Calvin Wilkin, he was invited to sit the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association’s (WICUA) Final Written Exam in July 1978.

He received the invitation the day before the exam, thus he only had less than twenty four (24) hours to prepare for it.

He sat it at the SL Horsford & Company Limited Board/Conference Room, and was successful.

With this success, four (4) months later in November ‘78, with the assistance of the same Mr. Wilkins, he travelled to Antigua where he successful sat the WICUA Oral & Practical Exam.

He may very well be:

  1. 1.The only umpire to be fully qualified (sitting & passing both exams), in one year (four [4] months actually), and the last as well.

Having passed the WICUA Oral & Practical exam, he was then the first (1st) qualified cricket umpire from St. Kitts and was thus eligible to umpire Regional First Class matches, (Shell-Shield matches then), One Day Internationals (ODI), Test Matches & World Cup Cricket.

He started umpiring LI tournament matches in 1979.

He umpired in his first 1st Class (Shell Shield) match in 1980 and three (3) years later in 1983, he made his debut in the ODI arena in Trinidad.

He officiated in three (3) ODI:

  1. March 9th, 1983, Port of Spain, Trinidad, ODI #187, West Indies vs. India – 1st ODI at 42 years with David Narine
  2. March 20th, 1985, St. Johns, Antigua, ODI #320, West Indies vs New Zealand – 1st ODI at 44 years with Pat Whyte
  3. March 18th, 1989, St. Johns, Antigua, ODI #562, West Indies vs India – 4th ODI at 48 years with Steve Bucknor.

He umpired his inaugural test match in 1983 in Antigua, West Indies vs India with the late David Archer of Barbados.

Regrettably, his career as a test umpire was restricted to only four (4) test matches, the last one being in 1990.

His appointments as a test umpire are:

  1. April 28th – May 3rd, 1983, St. Johns, Antigua, Test #956, West Indies vs India – 5th Test at 42 years with the late David Archer
  2. April 7th – 11th, 1984, St. Johns, Antigua, Test #987, West Indies vs Australia, 4th Test at 43 years with the late David Archer
  3. April 15th – 20th, 1989, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Test #1119, West Indies vs India, 3rd Test at 48 years with Clyde Cumberbatch and
  4. April 12th – 16th 1990, St. Johns, Antigua, Test #1144, West Indies vs England, 5th Test at 49 years with the late David Archer

He had the privilege of umpiring in every Caribbean country except Guyana.

(See full biography of Andrew Weekes in Profile section of MiyVue.com)

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