Reaping the rewards
by Marissa Lindsay
After the hard work on the cricket field, came the glitz and glamour of the reward.
The region’s best young cricketers were the toast of an awards and dinner ceremony held by the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) and West Indies Cricket Board at Divi Southwinds St. Lawrence, Christ Church last night, following the conclusion of the Regional Under-19 One-Day Championship yesterday.
Among those who attended the gala occasion were cricketing icon and National Hero Sir Garfield Sobers, West Indies legends Seymour Nurse and Charlie Griffith, fast-bowling great and president of the BCA Joel Garner, manager of the West Indies under-19 team and West Indies leading Test wicket-
taker Courtney Walsh, BCA’s cricket operations manager Rollins Howard and project officer for cricket operations WICB Rawl Lewis – also a former West Indies Test and One-Day International cricketer.
The dinner commenced around 7.30 p.m. and after its conclusion around 9 p.m., the awards and individual medals were distributed to the various players who had performed well
throughout the tournament. Lewis first addressed the gathering and complimented the BCA for a well organised tournament. He also encouraged the young players to keep working on their game, noting they were the future stars of tomorrow at the start of their journey.
In his brief remarks, Garner told the players there was no success without sacrifice and indicated that support systems could not do everything.
The top cricket administrator stressed to the players that they were the ones who had to commit towards doing the majority of the work for their future. He described the just concluded tournament as developmental and added the youngsters now had to keep working on enhancing their cricketing skills.
Prior to the presentation ceremony Walsh briefly addressed the young cricketers and gave them one simple message about the importance of finding pleasure in the game.
“Enjoy what you are doing but work hard and have fun while doing it.”
After that, it was time for the presentation of awards and Jeremy Solozano of Trinidad and Tobago was the first on the podium to receive his award for the three-day tournament where he scored the most runs with 542 runs, with a highest score of 160.
Barbados captain Shai Hope received the award for the most one-day runs scored in the tournament, 319, with a highest score of 139.
In the three-day championship, which was won by Barbados, Oshane Walters of Jamaica and Gudakesh Motie of Guyana shared the award for capturing the most wickets in that competition, 27 each.
In the one-day tournament Romario Shepherd of Guyana nabbed ten wickets and that gained him the accompanying award.
Former Barbados wicket-keeper/batsman Courtney Browne had the honour of presenting the wicketkeepers with their awards for the most dismissals in both formats of the game. Nicholas Pooran of Trinidad and Tobago had 14 dismissals which included 11 catches and three stumping in the three-day format, while in the one-day tournament Carlos Maynard of Barbados had seven dismissals with four catches and three stumpings.
The best all-rounder award in the three-day format went to Guyana captain Shawn Periera who scored 182 runs and grabbed 20 wickets. Walters got the prize for best all-rounder in the one- day competition with 142 runs and seven wickets.
Jerlani Robinson of the champion one-day Windward Islands team had the most catches in the three-day format with a total of eight and the award for the player with the most catches in the one-day format went to ICC Americas’ Steven Taylor with five catches. Both awards were presented by Charlie Griffith.
The most valuable players of the two tournaments were Barbados’ captain Shai Hope in the three-day format and Oshane Walters of Jamaica in the one-day competition. Sir Garfield presented the Barbados team with the three-day tournament awards and trophy, while Garner did similar honours for the Windward Islands for their capture of the one-day championship.