Kraigg Brathwaite cannot be kept down.
The CounterPoint Wanderers, Barbados and West Indies Test opener, heads the overall batting averages in the 2014 BCA Sagicor General Super Cup (50-over) championship at the halfway stage of the preliminaries.
Brathwaite, 21, has 253 runs – the second most – including two centuries from three innings with one not out, at the very impressive average of 126.50.
Taking advantage of representing the Dayrells Road club as much as possible in both the Elite (three-day) division and Super Cup championships in between busy and successful Test rubbers against New Zealand and Bangladesh, Brathwaite underscored a point made last Thursday by Clive Lloyd, the new convenor of the West Indies selection panel and the most successful captain of the regional team, that playing domestic club cricket whenever the opportunity presents itself is vital.
Competing in Zone ”B’ of the 16-team Super Cup tournament, Brathwaite’s centuries are 102 not out (97 balls) v school team Caribbean Alliance/Akobah Gardens Foundation at Church Hill (Series 2), 103 (135 balls) v CGI Maple at Dayrells Road (Series 3) and 48 (60 balls) v YMPC at Beckles Road (Series 4).
For a batsman often dubbed as slow and not suited to the limited overs game, Brathwaite has again silenced his critics, not only with plenty runs and centuries, but also a Strike Rate of 86.64 in the Super Cup, which is not that bad after all.
By the way, prior to the start of the current eighth round in the Elite division championship, he had scored 277 runs runs with one century and two fifties, and was second in the leading batting averages with 92.33.
Brathwaite’s overall Super Cup record is also outstanding. In 30 matches since his debut for Wanderers in 2007 before representing Guardian General Barbados Youth for the next four seasons and then returning to Wanderers, he has batted 29 times with five not outs, amassing 1465 runs including a record six centuries, at an average of 61.04. And in the last three seasons, he has scored 835 runs (ave: 83.50) including four hundreds.
The last four months have been truly wonderful for Brathwaite. In the three-Test series against New Zealand in June, he played in the last two matches, scored 217 runs – the most for West Indies – from four innings with one not out (ave: 72.33) including a maiden Test century (129) in the second match at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.
And in the recent two-Test series against Bangladesh in which he was named Man-of-the-Series, he hit his first ever Test double-century (212) at Arnos Vale in St. Vincent en route to the most runs all told (324) in four innings, one not out, for an average of 108.00.
Brathwaite’s former Combermere and Barbados and West Indies Under-19 team-mate, left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican of ICBL Empire, is also proving that he is the best bowler in both Super Cup and Elite division competitions.
The 22-year-old Warrican has the most wickets (13) as well as the best economy rate (2.75) in the Super Cup. Also competing in Zone ‘B’, his best figures are five for 24 against Wildey at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechinc ground, Pine/Wildey, in the fifth round.
In the Elite division championship, Warrican boasted of the most wickets (39) and the best average (10.41), prior to Series 8.
Rashidi Boucher, the Massy Stores Spartan batsman and Brathwaite’s opening partner at the 2014 WICB NAGICO Super50 championship in Trinidad & Tobago, which was won by Barbados, has the most runs (332) in the Super Cup, at an average of 66.40.
Boucher and Brathwaite are also the only batsmen with the most centuries (two). (bcacricket)