The 3Ws of the Oval are a reminder of the glory era of Caribbean cricket

The 3Ws of the Oval are a reminder of the glory era of Caribbean cricket


Part of folklore: the statues of Barbados legends Worrell, Walcott and Weeks.

Part of folklore: Statues of Barbados legends Worrell, Walcott and Weekes. | Photo credit: Ashwin Achal

The 3Ws park outside the Oval features statues of three great cricketers – Frank Worrell, Clyde Walcott and Everton Weekes. All three of the best batsmen of their generation were born within a few miles of each other on the island of Barbados.

3Ws Oval is located across the road from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus. This unique ground is named in memory of the popular Barbadian.

Impressive visuals

A giant statue of the stumps stands guard over the green outfield. It is an impressive sight that cannot escape the notice of the batsmen on the field.

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The exploits of the three 'W's' are etched in cricket folklore. The trio ushered in a new era in West Indies cricket in the late 1940s, which until then had only one world-class batsman in George Headley.

Worrell was the first black cricketer to captain the West Indies cricket team, and led the team in the famous 1960–61 tour of Australia.

His popularity was such that the perpetual Frank Worrell Trophy was awarded to the winner of the West Indies-Australia Test series at the end of that tour.

Walcott was arguably the best batsman in the world during the 1950s. His statistics reached their peak when he gave up wicketkeeping and concentrated solely on scoring runs.

World Record

Weekes, a powerful strokeplayer, set a world record for scoring five consecutive centuries in Test innings. The record still stands today. The 3Ws at the Oval is a reminder of a glorious era of Caribbean cricket.


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