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Cricket – The Gold-Jacketed Willett


St. Kitts and Nevis (Sports Page) – The Leeward Islands Cricket Board (LICB), on the evening of the Tuesday, 6th December, awarded its first and second Gold Jackets to Elquemedo Willett of Nevis, and Dr Sir Anderson Roberts of Antigua, respectively, at its first annual Gold Jacket Award Ceremony, held at the Moorings Marina in the British Virgin Islands.

The ceremony was initiated to recognize stakeholders who have given distinguished service to Leeward Islands cricket, on and off the field, and will become an annual event.

Willett, an orthodox left-arm spinner, was the first player from the Leeward Islands to represent the West Indies in Test cricket. He played in the second Test match against Ian Chappell’s Australians on March 9-14, 1973, at the Kensington Oval, Barbados. 

Roberts became the second, at the same venue, on March 6 -11, 1974.

Willett took 12 wickets in his five Test matches, while Roberts, who was the leader of the deadly four-pronged pace attack in the 1970s and 80s, scalped 202wickets from his 47 Test matches.


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