West Indies news June 17, 2012

Former West Indies quick Wes Hall knighted

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Wes Hall, the first West Indies bowler to take a Test hat-trick, has been knighted in the Queen's birthday honours list for his "services to sport and the community".

The Barbados-born fast bowler, who played 48 Tests for West Indies from 1958 to 1969, is remembered for his role in the famous tied Test of 1960 against Australia in Brisbane. Hall claimed nine wickets in that match and bowled the final over with Australia needing six runs for victory. Three wickets fell in Hall's over, including two run-outs, and the match was tied.

After retirement, Hall served as West Indies manager and selector and was president of the West Indies Cricket Board from 2001 to 2003. He was also a minister of tourism and sport in the Barbados government, and is an ordained church minister.

"There are few in West Indies cricket who could be more deserving of such an illustrious honour as Wes Hall," Julian Hunte, the WICB president, said. "Wes has been a true and unwavering servant of cricket, who fought for equality for West Indies on and off the field.

"He laboured for our game and our people because of his love for cricket and West Indians, and so diverse are his talents and skills that he has also served Barbados and the region in politics, religion and as a widely acclaimed and ever-popular speaker."

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  • on June 19, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    The Holy Bible states in Romans 13:7 that honor is to be given to whom it is due. Congratulations to my Combermere, Bajan and Christian brother on being awarded a knighthood. Well deserved, Sir Wesley. I remember as a schoolboy listening to his bowling exploits on radio and thoroughly enjoying it. He was a superb bowler, continuing in the line of fine pacemen which B'dos and WI have produced ever since admission to the Test arena. He once bowled practically the whole day against England in '63 (think it was the second Test at Lord's). When I asked him at an alumni gathering about four years ago whether or not he had actually performed that feat, he paused for a few seconds, then with a wry smile quipped:" Yuh cahn see how I does walk now." The man's sense of humor is well-known. Sir Wesley, I pray for yours and your loved ones continued blessings of the Lord. You are a credit to the Christian faith, our beloved school, country, region, people of African ancestry, indeed mankind.

  • balajik1968 on June 19, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    An anecdote I heard. Hall was bowling to VV Kumar at Chepauk. As usual, he was running in from the boundary. When he got to the bowling crease there was no one to bowl to. VV Kumar was near the square leg umpire. Hall then persuaded him to come back to the crease, after promising not to hurt him. By the way, this is no reflection on VV Kumar. He was one of those genuine no. 11's, and had every right to be scared in the days before helmets. I don't even know if this anecdote is true. However, if true it shows what a big hearted man Hall was.

  • Pedpathpres on June 18, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    I can remember Wes Hall with Gerry Alexander's team in India. Gilchrist and Hall were a fearsome pair . . a cricketer I got to know later actually scored a century against them in their opening warm-up match of the tour , but as he said "they were taking it easy !!" In the first innings he barely saw the ball! Hall's great contribution to cricket and community cannot be overemphasised . Congratulations.

  • WyCnet on June 18, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    I saw Sir Wesley Hall in one of his last matches at Bourda in 1968 against England. I was an eight year child at that time, who had a basket of food, and was too shy to eat in front of the other spectators in The South Stand during lunch break. The only other thing I remember was that they had to remove the boundry boards at the North end, so Sir Wes could have his full run up. Charles Griffith did not play that match. Hats off to Sir Wes Hall, and a tremendous round of applause.

  • on June 18, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    A well deserved honour to one of West Indies' greatest. Congratulations to Sir. Wesley W. Hall.

  • nakihunter on June 18, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    As a kid of 10 years age I remember being introduced cricket on transister radio commentory in Jan 1967 with Wes Hall playing in Madras. A truely great icon of West Indian cricket!

  • tappee74 on June 17, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Like Sir Garfield Sobers,Sir F Worrell,Mr Hall is most worthy of this honor.I would like to see the recognition of Guyanese C H LLoyd some day.

  • jezza25 on June 17, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    To truly one of the pioneers of a classic and great fast bowler - the gold cross shining and swinging as he approached, no better joy in watching this great man plying his trade. That final over in the tied test could no doubt be one of the most exciting in test history, and to have Wes be a part, say no more. I have heard that Sir FranK Worrall had said to Wes, no bouncers, but yet he did and had Benaud caught behind and that started the slide. Such was his personality and subsequent contribution to community and religion which leaves no doub that this is a well deserved honour. Congratulations SIR WESLEY WINFIELD HALL. God bless You.

  • MENDIS_Forever on June 17, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Congrats SIR Wesley! You thoroughly deserve it.So sad that Malcolm Marshall is not among us to be knighted.

  • Carlisle on June 17, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Congratulations to an incredible, indomitable gentleman Sir Wesley. This award is well deserved and long overdue but better late than never. It was my pleasure to serve on the WICB under your esteemed leadership. You taught me about cricket, life, politics, religion and much more. Your heart is in the right place. May God continue to bless you. Carlisle Powell

  • on June 19, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    The Holy Bible states in Romans 13:7 that honor is to be given to whom it is due. Congratulations to my Combermere, Bajan and Christian brother on being awarded a knighthood. Well deserved, Sir Wesley. I remember as a schoolboy listening to his bowling exploits on radio and thoroughly enjoying it. He was a superb bowler, continuing in the line of fine pacemen which B'dos and WI have produced ever since admission to the Test arena. He once bowled practically the whole day against England in '63 (think it was the second Test at Lord's). When I asked him at an alumni gathering about four years ago whether or not he had actually performed that feat, he paused for a few seconds, then with a wry smile quipped:" Yuh cahn see how I does walk now." The man's sense of humor is well-known. Sir Wesley, I pray for yours and your loved ones continued blessings of the Lord. You are a credit to the Christian faith, our beloved school, country, region, people of African ancestry, indeed mankind.

  • balajik1968 on June 19, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    An anecdote I heard. Hall was bowling to VV Kumar at Chepauk. As usual, he was running in from the boundary. When he got to the bowling crease there was no one to bowl to. VV Kumar was near the square leg umpire. Hall then persuaded him to come back to the crease, after promising not to hurt him. By the way, this is no reflection on VV Kumar. He was one of those genuine no. 11's, and had every right to be scared in the days before helmets. I don't even know if this anecdote is true. However, if true it shows what a big hearted man Hall was.

  • Pedpathpres on June 18, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    I can remember Wes Hall with Gerry Alexander's team in India. Gilchrist and Hall were a fearsome pair . . a cricketer I got to know later actually scored a century against them in their opening warm-up match of the tour , but as he said "they were taking it easy !!" In the first innings he barely saw the ball! Hall's great contribution to cricket and community cannot be overemphasised . Congratulations.

  • WyCnet on June 18, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    I saw Sir Wesley Hall in one of his last matches at Bourda in 1968 against England. I was an eight year child at that time, who had a basket of food, and was too shy to eat in front of the other spectators in The South Stand during lunch break. The only other thing I remember was that they had to remove the boundry boards at the North end, so Sir Wes could have his full run up. Charles Griffith did not play that match. Hats off to Sir Wes Hall, and a tremendous round of applause.

  • on June 18, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    A well deserved honour to one of West Indies' greatest. Congratulations to Sir. Wesley W. Hall.

  • nakihunter on June 18, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    As a kid of 10 years age I remember being introduced cricket on transister radio commentory in Jan 1967 with Wes Hall playing in Madras. A truely great icon of West Indian cricket!

  • tappee74 on June 17, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Like Sir Garfield Sobers,Sir F Worrell,Mr Hall is most worthy of this honor.I would like to see the recognition of Guyanese C H LLoyd some day.

  • jezza25 on June 17, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    To truly one of the pioneers of a classic and great fast bowler - the gold cross shining and swinging as he approached, no better joy in watching this great man plying his trade. That final over in the tied test could no doubt be one of the most exciting in test history, and to have Wes be a part, say no more. I have heard that Sir FranK Worrall had said to Wes, no bouncers, but yet he did and had Benaud caught behind and that started the slide. Such was his personality and subsequent contribution to community and religion which leaves no doub that this is a well deserved honour. Congratulations SIR WESLEY WINFIELD HALL. God bless You.

  • MENDIS_Forever on June 17, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Congrats SIR Wesley! You thoroughly deserve it.So sad that Malcolm Marshall is not among us to be knighted.

  • Carlisle on June 17, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Congratulations to an incredible, indomitable gentleman Sir Wesley. This award is well deserved and long overdue but better late than never. It was my pleasure to serve on the WICB under your esteemed leadership. You taught me about cricket, life, politics, religion and much more. Your heart is in the right place. May God continue to bless you. Carlisle Powell

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Congratulations Sir Wesley Winfield Hall, well done your good and faithful servant, we can't give you enough praise , for what you have done for the Carribean. Well deserving, We are very proud of you. God Bless.

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Its a great piece of news that the hardworking and benevolent giant deserved. A truly iconic fast bowler. Hall & Griffith were one of the greatest fast bowling pairs to ever step on to a cricket field. Congrats Sir Wesley Winfield Hall

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    an honour well deserved for a humble and still jovial human being

  • Nampally on June 17, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    A well deserved honour which is long overdue after even his juniur peers got the same earlier. Wes Hall was one of the finest fast bowlers who had a run up almost twice the length of the pitch. His great performance in Brisbane tie was nearly as memorable as the Tie itself after a combined total of over 1500 runs scored in both the innings by 2 sides. He was totally opposite to Wild & unruly Gilchrist or occasional "chucker" charlie Grifith. Congratulation Sir Wes - a well deserved honour which will be greatly appreciated by his fan world over(I am an Indian Fan living abroad) - who saw him in action.

  • AdrianVanDenStael on June 17, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Certainly a great player, who has also served the West Indies, his country, and his community in a range of capacities.

  • Percy_Fender on June 17, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    He had such a rythymic run up with a tiny cross on a chain which swayed to the beat of the run up. He was really fast but he had a jovial attitude otherwise. Once in Australia he was batting and someone bowled an over-pitched ball.He swung the bat so hard that a six was a sure thing. But then he missed the ball because his bat hit the ground instead. So hard that Good Old Wes was left standing with just the handle of the bat in his hand. And everyone was in splits including Wes himself.A really good Bajan Mark Nikolas describes so colourfully.

  • on June 17, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Deserving of such acclaim is Wesley Hall, His service was not only in cricket but as a mentor in the community to the youth & those in need; Cricket was his Passport. He formed a genuine pace attack with another speedster Charlie Griffith, they names were mentioned always as a partnership Hall & Griffith. They bought joy to WI cricket. May their blessings continue.

  • msq3761 on June 17, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Great to know this. He truly deserves this..

  • on June 17, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    great news, what a sight wes was when he steamed to bowl n who can forget the last over of that 1961 test, in australia those days it was n 8 ball over, there was no tv coverage, only big radios, it was 1pm ist , as my school was near my residence i used to come home for lunch 1pm-2pm, bunked school n the noon, and glued to the radio,allan macgill was on the air, wow i still remember cricket was glorious. congrats mr hall long deserving, take care SIR WESLEY HALL

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  • on June 17, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    great news, what a sight wes was when he steamed to bowl n who can forget the last over of that 1961 test, in australia those days it was n 8 ball over, there was no tv coverage, only big radios, it was 1pm ist , as my school was near my residence i used to come home for lunch 1pm-2pm, bunked school n the noon, and glued to the radio,allan macgill was on the air, wow i still remember cricket was glorious. congrats mr hall long deserving, take care SIR WESLEY HALL

  • msq3761 on June 17, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Great to know this. He truly deserves this..

  • on June 17, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Deserving of such acclaim is Wesley Hall, His service was not only in cricket but as a mentor in the community to the youth & those in need; Cricket was his Passport. He formed a genuine pace attack with another speedster Charlie Griffith, they names were mentioned always as a partnership Hall & Griffith. They bought joy to WI cricket. May their blessings continue.

  • Percy_Fender on June 17, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    He had such a rythymic run up with a tiny cross on a chain which swayed to the beat of the run up. He was really fast but he had a jovial attitude otherwise. Once in Australia he was batting and someone bowled an over-pitched ball.He swung the bat so hard that a six was a sure thing. But then he missed the ball because his bat hit the ground instead. So hard that Good Old Wes was left standing with just the handle of the bat in his hand. And everyone was in splits including Wes himself.A really good Bajan Mark Nikolas describes so colourfully.

  • AdrianVanDenStael on June 17, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Certainly a great player, who has also served the West Indies, his country, and his community in a range of capacities.

  • Nampally on June 17, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    A well deserved honour which is long overdue after even his juniur peers got the same earlier. Wes Hall was one of the finest fast bowlers who had a run up almost twice the length of the pitch. His great performance in Brisbane tie was nearly as memorable as the Tie itself after a combined total of over 1500 runs scored in both the innings by 2 sides. He was totally opposite to Wild & unruly Gilchrist or occasional "chucker" charlie Grifith. Congratulation Sir Wes - a well deserved honour which will be greatly appreciated by his fan world over(I am an Indian Fan living abroad) - who saw him in action.

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    an honour well deserved for a humble and still jovial human being

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Its a great piece of news that the hardworking and benevolent giant deserved. A truly iconic fast bowler. Hall & Griffith were one of the greatest fast bowling pairs to ever step on to a cricket field. Congrats Sir Wesley Winfield Hall

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Congratulations Sir Wesley Winfield Hall, well done your good and faithful servant, we can't give you enough praise , for what you have done for the Carribean. Well deserving, We are very proud of you. God Bless.

  • Carlisle on June 17, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Congratulations to an incredible, indomitable gentleman Sir Wesley. This award is well deserved and long overdue but better late than never. It was my pleasure to serve on the WICB under your esteemed leadership. You taught me about cricket, life, politics, religion and much more. Your heart is in the right place. May God continue to bless you. Carlisle Powell