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Willett Celebrating 40 years of West Indies Cricket Breakthrough

The man who was given this great honour was Mr. Elquemedo Willett of Nevis. He played five tests for the team from 1973 to 1974, making his debut at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on 9th March, 1973.

 

He was born on 1st May, 1953 and is now 59 years. During New Zealand’s tour of the West Indies in 1972, Willet was considered the best of the many left-arm finger-spinners the New Zealanders faced. His breakthrough opened the gate for other cricketers from the Leeward Islands such as Andy Roberts, Viv Richards, Derrick Parry, and others, including his nephew, and fellow Nevisian, Stuart Williams, who played many Tests and ODIs for the West Indies. His sons, Tonito and Akito Willett also play first-class cricket.

The main cricket and sporting facility in the Nevis was renamed recently to honour Mr. Willett, with the old Grove Park being changed to the name Elquemedo Willett Park.

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The President of the Nevis Cricket Association, Mr. Keith Scarborough on Saturday announced that a special event is being planned for June this year to honour the achievements of Mr. Willett, who remains active in the sport but as a coach and manager for the younger players on the island.

Willett has been a beacon of hope for many cricketers in the Leewards and it was his inclusion in the West Indies Team in 1973 that gave much hope to players from the so called smaller islands of the Caribbean, who also felt that their players were being discriminated against by the officials of the sport which was dominated by administrators from Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Jamaica.

 

 

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