He is arguably, the finest batsman ever, to come out of Nevis. His name? Livingstone Sargeant.
Recently, at the opening ceremony to commission the Cricket practice facility at the ET Willet Park, which is the brainchild of former Windies player, Keith Lloyd Thomas Arthurton, it was revealed that the facility would be named in honour of the former outstanding Nevis and Leeward Islands batsman.
In a message read by his son, Tavo, Sarge expressed regret at being unable to attend the ceremony, but thanked Keith Arthurton, for proposing that the facility be named in his honour. He also expressed appreciation to the Nevis Island Government for endorsing the proposal.
He also thanked the Nevisian sporting public, for their tremendous support, during his cricketing career and stated that their consistent support, served as a motivation for him to excel. He had a special word for the support of his family throughout the years and an extra special word for his supportive wife, Mildred, who he noted, sacrificed quite a bit on his behalf, especially during the more recent years of his illness.
He wished the young cricketers in Nevis well and hoped that they would utilize the new facility to its fullest extent, so that they too can make an indelible mark on the game of cricket.
Meanwhile, Minister of Sports, Hon. Eric Evelyn, prior to commissioning the new facility, expressed heartfelt gratitude to Keith Arthurton, for his initiative and great efforts in making his dream of giving back a reality. He also lauded Mr. Sargeant as an outstanding cricketer and one who has contributed greatly to the success of Nevis cricket over the years.
He beseeched the Nevisian public not to vandalize the facility and asked the young cricketers of Nevis to make the most of it, so that they could excel.
He opined that with such a facility in place, Nevis should have no less than ten more cricketers on the West Indies team, within the next ten years!
He formally commissioned the facility and joined some of the other dignitaries for a little knock in the nets.