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Runako Shakur Morton (22 July 1978 – 4 March 2012) was a Nevisian cricketer who played for West Indies in all formats of the game. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-handed offbreak bowler.

Runako Morton
Personal information
Full nameRunako Shakur Morton
Born(1978-07-22)22 July 1978
Gingerland, Nevis
Died4 March 2012(2012-03-04) (aged 33)
Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight arm off break
RoleBatsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 262)13 July 2005 v Sri Lanka
Last Test30 May 2008 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 110)15 February 2002 v Pakistan
Last ODI9 February 2010 v Australia
ODI shirt no.37
T20I debut (cap 8)16 February 2006 v New Zealand
Last T20I23 February 2010 v Australia
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1996–2010Leeward Islands
2010–2012Trinidad and Tobago
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 15 56 7 120
Runs scored 573 1,519 96 3,642
Batting average 22.03 33.75 16.00 37.93
100s/50s 0/4 2/10 0/0 5/24
Top score 70* 110* 40 126
Balls bowled 66 6 - 210
Wickets 0 0 - 8
Bowling average - 31.75
5 wickets in innings - 0
10 wickets in match n/a - n/a
Best bowling 0/4 0/2 - 2/35
Catches/stumpings 20/– 20/– 2/– 48/–
Source: CricketArchive, 4 November 2017

Domestic careerEdit

A lively, often unpredictable character, Morton was expelled from the West Indian cricketing academy in July 2001 for bad behaviour[1] but continued to play for the Leeward Islands in the Busta Cup.

International careerEdit

Upon his return in February 2002, he was called into the West Indies squad as a replacement for Marlon Samuels, but he was dropped once again when he lied about his non-appearance in the ICC Champions Trophy in September 2002.

Following a stabbing incident in January 2004, he was arrested[2] but was given a third chance in May 2005 when he was recalled for the South African Test.

He was involved in a bizarre run-out with Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the third Test against New Zealand in 2006. Morton drove the ball to mid-on where Daniel Vettori was fielding and ran to the non striker end. Chanderpaul, at the other end, initially took a few steps down the wicket but then turned and went back to the non-striker's end. Morton believed he was out, and, furious at his captain, began to walk off. However, following a call to the third umpire, it was decided that Morton had grounded his bat at the non-striker's end just before Chanderpaul, and hence was safe and that Chanderpaul was out.[3] Video evidence suggests that the umpire's decision was wrong: although Morton made his ground first, he then left it before the run-out was made, so he should have been the one dismissed.[4]

As a batsman, Morton had a reputation for hitting the ball very hard, but had problems picking up singles in between boundaries.[citation needed] He has the dubious record of the slowest ODI duck which lasted 31 balls in the final of the DLF Cup against Australia.[5]

Death and causeEdit

Morton was arrested for marijuana possession with Tonito Willett after the first day's play of the Trinidad & Tobago vs. Leeward Islands match.[6]

Morton died on 4 March 2012, when he lost control of the car he was driving along the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway, hitting a utility pole at Chase Village in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago.[7][8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Morton Expelled From Academy, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 20 January 2008
  2. ^ Morton arrested after stabbing incident, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 20 January 2008
  3. ^ 3rd test, West Indies tour of New Zealand, 2005/06, Cricinfo
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^ Morton makes the record books ... for the wrong reason, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 20 January 2008
  6. ^ http://cricket.zeenews.com/fullstory.aspx?nid=36775[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "NDTV - Windies batsman Runako Morton dies in a road accident". Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  8. ^ BBC Sport - Runako Morton, former West Indies batsman, dies in car crash
  9. ^ "Runako Morton killed in road accident". ESPNcricinfo. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012.