Premier Parry - Morton true Caribbean man

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, CMC – Nevis Premier Joseph Parry has described Runako Morton has a true Caribbean man and says the country’s cricketing fraternity has lost one of its valued members.

Morton, one of just six Test cricketers to emerge from the tiny island, died tragically late Sunday after the car which he was driving crashed into a utility pole in his adopted home Trinidad and Tobago.

Parry said Morton could have moved to Britain or Australia to ply his trade as a cricketer but chose to remain in the Caribbean region.

“On behalf of my Government, the people of Nevis and on my own behalf I send deepest condolences to the family of the late Runako, his wife, mother Annette and sister Midge,” said Parry.

“The Nevis cricketing community has lost one of its most illustrious players and as a former President of the Nevis Cricket Association I join them in mourning the passing of Runako.”

Morton played 15 Tests, 56 One-Day Internationals and seven Twenty20 Internationals for West Indies in a career spanning nine years.

He last wore maroon in a T20 against Australia two years ago in Sydney but continued to play first class cricket for T&T and for domestic club Queen’s Park.

“Though no longer on the West Indies team, his love for cricket never diminished, and according to information that has reached me, his car crashed while on his way home from a cricket match,” Parry said.

“The loss will be too hard to take for us in St. Kitts-Nevis and especially Nevis, where we saw him rise to be the great cricketer he was. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 18:32