West Indies v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, St Kitts

West Indies to remember Runako Morton

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July 10, 2012

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Runako Morton goes over the top, New Zealand v West Indies, 5th ODI, Auckland, March 4 2006
Runako Morton played some of his best cricket against New Zealand © Getty Images
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Darren Sammy has declared his intention to donate his match fee for Wednesday's one-day international against New Zealand to the family of Runako Morton, the West Indies batsman who died in a car accident in March.

Morton, who was from St Kitts and Nevis, will be remembered during the third ODI at Warner Park in St Kitts, and the day has been declared a public holiday. Sammy said he and the allrounder Dwayne Bravo had been trying to raise money for Morton's family through online auctions of cricket memorabilia, and they would continue to help out with the donation of their match fees.

"The third ODI, we as a West Indies team have devoted that game to Runako Morton," Sammy said. "St Kitts is the closest we'll get to playing international cricket [in Nevis, where Morton was born]. We thought it would be a good way to play tribute to him. It was brought about by WIPA and all the players agreed it was a good initiative to remember Runako Morton.

"Myself and Dwayne Bravo have devoted our match fees for the third ODI to Runako Morton and we'll be making a donation to his wife. He left behind his family and kids … It will be a big thing on Wednesday, remembering Morton and the chance for West Indies to clinch a series win."

Chris Gayle said the West Indians would wear jerseys with 37, Morton's number, on it during the game. "The last time I was here was sad moment for the funeral of my friend Runako Morton. We are using this as a tribute game to Runako. As players, we came together and decided to pull this together," Gayle said. "This is one for Runako.

"I gather that his wife will be here for the match and we want to give his family and the crowd something to cheer about. We will wear his number on our shirts. We will put in the extra work and try to win tomorrow for Runako. It's a Public Holiday and we are hoping for a huge turn-out."

Morton played 15 Tests, 56 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20s for West Indies and he was particularly impressive against New Zealand. His highest ODI score of 110 not out came against New Zealand, in Napier in 2006, and his highest Test score of 70 not out also came in Napier on that same tour.

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Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (July 13, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

R.I.P. Runako Morton.

Sammy, Bravo and co can be proud of their gestures.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

its too sad to listen that morton death by accident it good to see that some player remember his excellencee heads off to u sammy

Posted by   on (July 12, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Bravo Sammy... hats off to that great gesture... !!

Posted by   on (July 11, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

WellVERY good. Now they should play a match at a ground which is usually full and give the money to mrs. morton. A WI vs WI B or something like that.

Posted by 777aditya on (July 11, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

noble gesture to an unfulfilled talent from a truly lovable WI team - this team is really going to go places! the captain in Sammy is now metamorphosing as a player and as a man - amazing transformation in progress of this team - really hope they revive the good old dominating days of WI cricket - that will lend immense balance to world cricket and shift the focus from Asian nations

Posted by funkyandy on (July 10, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

Fantastic gesture - respecting their cricketing brother.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (July 10, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

WHY is this not on the front page ? I had to come to the W.I section to read about this it should be on the main page ! great gesture by the guys peace to the Morton family.

Posted by vak1997 on (July 10, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

hats off to Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy! great thinking!! we miss Runako Morton too...

Posted by denessa on (July 10, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

THIS IS SO TOUCHING AWWW......LOVE THE INITIATIVE SAMMY AND BRAVO GREAT JOBS GUYS.....I DO HOME SOME OTHER PLAYERS CAN DONATE THEIR MATCH FEE IF NOT ALL PART OF IT TO MORTON FAMILY.......

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Fantastic gesture from Sammy & Bravo. Hope WICb and WIPA also chip in to ensure the fuuture of Runako's family

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