Ex-Jamaica, Windies batsman Williams dies

Basil Williams – nicknamed Shotgun.

Basil Williams, the former Jamaica and West Indies opening batsman, died last Sunday. He was 65.

Williams made his first-class debut for Jamaica in February 1970 and went on to play in 46 matches scoring 2,702 runs with five centuries.

He made his Test debut for the West Indies against Australia in March 1978 at Georgetown, Guyana, and was the tenth West Indian batsman to score a century on Test debut. He struck 100 off 118 balls.

Williams, known to all as ‘Shotgun’, represented the West Indies in seven Tests scoring 469 runs with two centuries during 1978-79 at an average of 39.08. He played his final Test for the West Indies against India at Delhi in January 1979.