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Former West Indies quick Wes Hall knighted

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 17, 2012

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Richie Benaud of Australia and Wes Hall of the West Indies get together at the Sheraton Hotel in Brisbane, Australia to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Tied Test which was played during the 1960-61 West Indies cricket tour of Australia.
Wes Hall (right) dismissed Richie Benaud (left) in the final over of the tied 1960 Brisbane Test Darren England / © Getty Images
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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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Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

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

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

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