Runako Morton

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Runako Morton
Personal information
Full name Runako Shakur Morton
Born (1978-07-22)22 July 1978
Gingerland, Nevis
Died 4 March 2012(2012-03-04) (aged 33)
Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 262) 13 July 2005 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 30 May 2008 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 110) 15 February 2002 v Pakistan
Last ODI 9 February 2010 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 37
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996–2010 Leeward Islands
2010–2012 Trinidad and Tobago
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 15 56 95 120
Runs scored 573 1,519 5,980 3,642
Batting average 22.03 33.75 39.60 37.93
100s/50s 0/4 2/10 14/37 5/24
Top score 70* 110* 231 126
Balls bowled 66 6 473 210
Wickets 0 0 8 8
Bowling average 36.25 31.75
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 0/4 0/2 3/17 2/35
Catches/stumpings 20/– 20/– 105/– 48/–
Source: CricketArchive, 4 March 2012

Runako Shakur Morton (22 July 1978 – 4 March 2012) was a Nevisian cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-handed offbreak bowler.

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. 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]

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]