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The Cricket Legends of Barbados had a wonderful day out as they played 18 holes of golf at the Royal Westmoreland Course. The headliner was National Hero Sir Garfield Sobers, the greatest cricket allrounder of all time, and other former Test players including Desmond Haynes, David Allan and Reverend Wes Hall.
Here, Terry Mayers of World Cup Barbados hitting his approach shot as Sir Garry follows the path of the ball.
Compliments of the Nation News
AT HOME IN THE OVAL. Sir Garfield Sobers has moved – the statue, that is. The 20-foot replica of cricket's greatest player was moved from the Garfield Sobers Roundabout in Wildey, St Michael, where it had been for over three years, and is now at Kensington Oval. Early yesterday, workmen took down the statue and were quick in setting it up at the new home, near the entrance of the Sir Garfield Sobers Players' Pavilion, just alongside the new Pickwick Walk. The statue is part of the overall Kensington Oval re-development project as the island prepares to host matches in the 2007 International Cricket Council World Cup. Here, a worker moves alongside the statue at the Oval.
Lara thanks Sir Garry
"(Sir Garfield) is a great man and someone I have great respect for," Lara told the media after he surpassed Allan Border's 11-year-old record for the most career Test runs.
"He played 93 Test matches for West Indies and did yeoman service for them and he helped me along the way, not just in international cricket.
"I remember when I was 16 or even younger playing in the Sir Garry Sobers Tournament in Barbados, and him looking at me and saying from that day he thought I would be a Test cricketer.
"It's nice to fulfil his dream and I know he will appreciate what I have done."
Lara also paid tribute to Border, with whom he said there were some similarities.
"Looking at the newspapers today and reading what Allan Border had to say - such a humble man, a man I have great respect for," Lara said.
"He's someone who I suppose has walked the same walk I have done in many ways, in playing for Australia in the 80s and having to play that pivotal role all the time, and I'm really happy to be up there with him."
After a string of failures in the two previous Tests, Lara entered the third Test at the Adelaide Oval on 10 961 runs, still 213 adrift of Border's record and searching for an innings of merit to salvage an otherwise wretched series.
He proceeded to rack up his eighth Test double century en route to establishing a new mark of 11 187 runs in his 121st match.
"I came here to play four Test matches and I like to score 100 runs a Test match. Until Adelaide, it looked really dim but I'm really proud of it and I'm really proud to have achieved it," Lara said. (CMC)
He said he just couldn’t understand what transpired at Kensington Oval on Saturday evening.
“What is happening is difficult to understand,” said Sir Garfield. “Coming back from South Africa, where they did so well with the bat, and not seeing the England bowlers they probably underestimated them.”
The tourists secured their first Test series victory in the Caribbean since 1968 with Saturday’s eight-wicket win in Barbados.
Ironically Sir Garfield was the captain 36 years ago when England, under Colin Cowdrey last triumphed in the Caribbean. West Indies declared twice in the fourth match in Trinidad and England won, taking the series 1-0.
Brian Lara's side suffered a 3-0 defeat in South Africa prior to England’s visit, but scored eight centuries in a high-scoring four-Test series.
In contrast, West Indies were bowled out for a record low 47 by England in the first Test and tumbled to a Barbados record 94 all out in the third.
West Indies lost by ten wickets at Sabina Park, seven wickets at Queen’s Park Oval, and eight wickets at Kensington Oval.
“They have a lot of ability, they are a very good team,” Sir Garfield said.
The 67-year-old legend rejected calls that Lara should be replaced as captain even though his team could concede their first ever series whitewash at home.
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