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Regional Cricket Hero Easton “Bull” McMorris Dead At 86

The regional cricket fraternity and Jamaicans, in particular, are now mourning the loss of former Jamaica and West Indies opening batsman Easton ‘Bull’ McMorris.

Easton Dudley Ashton St John McMorris played in 13 Tests from 1958 to 1966.

McMorris honed his early cricket career at Wolmer’s Schools before going on to play for Jamaica and then later the West Indies.

An opening batsman, McMorris, scored a Test century against India at his home ground of Sabina Park in the 1961-62 series, adding 255 for the second wicket with Rohan Kanhai.

It is argued that McMorris would have played more games for the West Indies if it weren’t for cricket politics.

Regionally, McMorris was a giant, ending with a first-class average of 42.18, including 18 centuries.

He captained Jamaica from 1967-68 until he retired after the 1971-72 season, including the short tour of England in 1970.

Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) CEO Courtney Francis and president of the Lucas Cricket Club Errol Moodie, who played alongside McMorris, were among those who paid tribute to the former national captain.

Meanwhile, some posters on caribbeancricket.com paid tribute to the great man accordingly:

Dukes

In 1966 B.G. played Jamaica at Sabina Park, Lloyd made 194, and McMorris made 190. The next year the now Guyana played Jamaica at Bourda, and McMorris made 218, Pinnock 153, while Freddo made 128, and Butcher 105. I saw this match.

In 9 matches against B.G. and Guyana, McMorris made 1,033 runs in 13 completed innings for an average of 79.46 with 3 centuries and 4 half-centuries.

Hubert

Wow…Sorry to hear.

The man many called ‘Bull’ and ‘Crowsy’ was a great servant of Jamaica through his batting.

He was one of the best players of spin bowling in the region. Honed that skill at an early age at the infamous playing surface called ‘crabhole Park.’

He was his own scorer when batting..as a means of keeping his concentration.

A real stalwart, and his knowledge of the game was also well known.

DonD

I always felt that McMorris was never given a decent run in the test side by the selectors, Worrell and Sobers. In 59-60 series vs.England under Alexander’s captaincy, he was run out by Trueman in the first test in Bim off a no-ball while backing up outside his crease.

He came back for the third test at Sabina, scored a lovely 70 odd, got hit by Statham over his heart, had to retire, and on his return to bat, I think he got out to Barrington.

He made some runs in the 4th test and got run out again in the 5th test. He should have gone to Australia with Worrell’s team, but Worrell took Cammie Smith instead because bright cricket was the mantra at the time following the awful series between Oz and England in 1958.

‘Bull’ did well against India in 61-62. He went to England with Worrell in 1963. Worrell chopped and changed him with Carew and even Willie Rodriquez in that series to partner Hunte.

Same thing happened in 1966, where Sobers chopped and changed him with Carew and Lashley. I will always remember watching him scored 190 odd vs. Middlesex at Lords. His late cutting was a standout. RIP ‘Bull’. You served Jamaica cricket well.

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