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Toiling at the other for much of these matches was another spinner Sonny Ramadhin. This was a break through series for W Indian cricket and was also of huge political significance in the context of the post war rearrangements of the British Empire. FB will not be the first who has observed that this Caribbean leap forward was based on a spin attack - not the unrelenting pace battery that would lead the W Indies on to world domination over the following decades.
In 1954 Valentine became the first West Indian to reach 100 Test wickets, in only his 19th Test. But then the magic began to leave him and he completely lost any confidence or impact in his final Tests in 1957. He died in Florida in 2004 at the age of 74. He had found a role fostering kids in trouble with the law.
In 2009 the Alfred Valentine Peace Park was inaugurated in his honour near his birthplace in Spanish Town Jamaica. Click this link to see a photo montage of that event - accompanied by the celebrated Victory Calypso - Cricket Lovely Cricket - composed following W Indies 1950 triumph. This song contains the celebrated oft quoted line - 'Those little pals of mine, Ramadhin and Valentine.'