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On This Day in 1954: ‘The Three Ws’ all hit Test centuries against England

Remembering a landmark achievement for ‘the three Ws’.

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Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes and Clyde Walcott at an event in London (PA)

Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes and Clyde Walcott at an event in London (PA)

Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes and Clyde Walcott at an event in London (PA)

Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott formed a legendary middle-order trio for the West Indies in the 1940s and 50s.

On March 19, 1954, ‘the three Ws’ all completed centuries during the fourth Test of a series against England in Trinidad.

Here, the PA news agency looks back at the three men’s achievement 66 years on.

Frank Worrell was the West Indies' first black captain
Frank Worrell was the West Indies’ first black captain (PA)

Background

The West Indies had been a relatively weak Test side prior to World War Two, with George Headley their only great batsman. When cricket resumed in 1948, the Windies team included three Barbadians – Weekes, Worrell and Walcott – who would go on to write their names in cricketing history.

The Test

It was undoubtedly a batsman’s wicket, with the two teams taking five days to complete the first two innings. The Windies’ 681 for eight declared was their highest score and the middle-order trio were central to it. Weekes made 206, Worrell – the first black captain of the West Indies – 167 and Walcott 124. England made 537 in reply and the game ended in a draw on the sixth day.

What happened next

The Windies had won the first two matches of the series, with Walcott making 220 in the second Test, but England won the third and, after the drawn fourth, came back to tie the series by winning the fifth Test in Kingston despite another century from Walcott.

The trio’s legacy

All three players remained stalwarts of the Windies side for more than a decade and finished with Test averages either exceeding or close to 50. Weekes, who was named after the English football club, is the only survivor of the trio, celebrating his 95th birthday in February.

The 3Ws Oval at the University of the West Indies was named in their honour, and a monument to the three men stands opposite. Worrell and Walcott are both buried on ground overlooking the oval.

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