From Lilliput to Lord's

From Lilliput to Lord's

by Greg Young


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In the 1950s the West Indies cricket team announced its arrival as a dominant force, beating England in a Test series for the first time on English soil. Remarkably, the tiny Caribbean island of Barbados produced the five most successful West Indies batsmen of the era, the most famous of whom were the ‘Three Ws’.

Born within walking distance of each other and delivered by the same midwife, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott made their Test debuts within three weeks of each other and played Test cricket together for over nine years. The Three Ws were the founding fathers of modern West Indian cricket and were pivotal in developing modern world cricket.

In recognition of Barbados recently celebrating its fiftieth anniversary of independence, this book examines the historical importance of cricket to the island’s culture, looks at the factors that led to the island becoming a powerful influence in West Indies cricket and pays tribute to the cricketers who made Barbados famous in its pre-independence days.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781326282
Publisher: Silverwood Books Ltd
Publication date: 06/16/2017
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Greg Young is a keen sports fan who has spent years watching Test cricket, cycling, Australian Rules football and Premier League soccer from the comfort of an armchair. An avid bibliophile and student of history, stoic philosophy, travel and humour, Greg is also an amateur blues/rock guitarist who dreamt of musical fame when young, but succeeded only in making a tremendous racket in various local pubs and garages. Greg lives with his partner and daughter in Perth, Western Australia, where he currently practices as a Native Title lawyer.

Table of Contents

Prologue 9

One A Brief History of Early Barbados 19

Two The Development of Cricket in Barbados 25

Three The ‘W Formation’ 36

Four The 1950s – A Great Decade… 45

Five Why the Dominance of Bajan Test Batsmen… 68

Six Frank Worrell and the 1960s 82

Seven Bajan Test Players From 1950 to 1960 91

Eight The Legacy of the Bajan Greats of the 1950s 140

Epilogue 147

Appendices 148

Bibliography 156

Acknowledgements 161

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