FORMER West Indies batting star Collis King is setting records that “will never be broken”, writes Toby Latham.
So declared Albert Pattison in the wake of King’s 50th Hunters York & District Senior League hundred.
Pattison, a long-serving league committee member, said: “This is a totally unprecedented record that will never be broken and is a credit to Collis’ immeasurable talent.
“He has been a fantastic ambassador for the Senior League over the years and thoroughly deserves this accolade.”
The 62-year-old former international all-rounder, who played nine Test matches for the West Indies in which he scored 418 runs, including one century and two fifties, at an average of 32.15, taking three wickets, is participating in his 18th York & District Senior League season.
First joining Stillington in 1996, King immediately had an impact as he scored more than 1,000 runs in his first season in division four.
From that point onwards, King never looked back as he first helped Stillington rise to division one before he left to join premier division high-flyers Dunnington, following in the footsteps of previous overseas players and international stars Alvin Kallicharran and Corey Collymore.
Since then, King has been an ever-present figure in the Dunnington first XI as he has helped his side to four league titles – in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2010.
Dunnington captain Adam Iyer said: “This is an incredible achievement for Collis and everyone at the club is thrilled for him. Everyone loves him. He is always down at the club chatting to spectators and supporting our different teams.”
When asked what King brings to the side, Iyer said: “Not only does he score mountains of runs for us, but his experience is invaluable, especially for me having just assumed the reins of the first XI this season. “He is a man who has seen and done it all and the advice he imparts to me from slip is fantastic.”
Iyer is also hoping that King, who shelved plans of retirement at the end of last season, will be at the club for a good while longer.
He said: “At the moment, Collis seems to be really enjoying his cricket and we at the club don’t want to pressure him into anything at all.”