Patterson, Gayle honoured by UWI for contribution to regional cricket

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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The University of the West Indies on Thursday recognised two Jamaican cricket legends for their contribution to the “region's game”.

Patrick Patterson and Christopher Gayle, who both incidentally attended Excelsior High school, were honoured. Patterson, who was absent from the ceremony, was represented by his former teammate and another West Indies legend, Courtney Walsh. Gayle however, was on hand to receive his plaque that commemorated the occasion.

The brief ceremony took place in-between innings of the day/night ODI between the Vice Chancellor's XI and Bangladesh at Sabina Park.

The tributes were read about the devastating fast bowler and fearsome left-handed batsman by the dean of the Faculty of Sports at The UWI, Dr Akshai Mansingh, while the plaques were presented by the Vice Chancellor Professor Hilary Beckles, who is an avid cricket fan and cricket historian.

A smiling Gayle said: “I want to thank The University of the West Indies, Professor Beckles and the entire team. It's good to be recognised when you have achieved the outstanding during your career. I am very thankful and hopefully I set more standards, set more records, before I actually depart from the game.

“It's actually good to be honoured beside Patrick Patterson — two Excelsorians — as well; so it's actually nice to be alongside Patrick Patterson. It's a privilege to be honoured once more,” he added.

Members of the Chris Gayle cricket academy were on hand to see the man himself receive the award, and Gayle is certain they would have been inspired by the moment.

“It's good to have the academy players here. It will inspire them so that one day they can be the ones collecting the awards out there for their achievements,” he noted.

Gayle made 27 in the Vice Chancellor's XI's 227 for nine from their 50 overs, as Bangladesh completed a routine win when they made 230 for six from 43.3 overs in response.

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