Harrison College and West Indies player Hayley Matthews and Barbados left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican were the toast of the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) Awards Ceremony held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Friday.
The 16-year-old West Indies all-rounder was named the BCA’s Most Outstanding Cricketer of 2014 along with Warrican. Matthews also captured the Emerging Young Cricketer award in the women’s category but one of her most cherished moments on the night perhaps came when she received the President’s Award from Joel Garner.
Matthews who plays competitive cricket in the Iris Walker 50-over Tournament and is also the daughter of former cricketer Mike Mathews continues to impress ever since she made her One-Day International debut for West Indies against Australia last year. She scored three half- centuries and an overall 241 runs at an average of 60.25. For Barbados she scored a century which was instrumental in her team winning the West Indies under-19 tournament.
Left arm spinner Warrican captured 59 wickets in the Elite Division and was tied with Derick Bishop of St Catherine’s with 17 wickets in the Sagicor Super Cup. He has been showing good form in the ongoing WICB Professional Cricket League for the Barbados Pride.
Other awards on the night went to Sir Wesley Hall and Charles Griffith who both received appreciation awards from the BCA. Long-serving Ellerslie coach Irvin King, Nigel Newton who prepares the wicket for the Barbados Youth team at the Lester Vaughan School, Julian Baker who is a long-time gate attendant at BCA and Roxanne Forte who worked at the BCA for more than ten years were all saluted for their contributions over the year.
Senior Barbados four-day and one-day teams along with the national under-19 women’s team and under-17 boys’ squad were rewarded for winning their respective regional tournaments.
In terms of individual performances Chad Williams was named Emerging Young Cricketer and Antonio Greenidge was deemed the Most Improved Cricketer.
Former West Indies and Barbados opener Dale Richards who is the captain of Isolation Cavaliers was outstanding in the Sagicor Shield and Intermediate competition and captured the batting and fielding awards. Collis Worrell of Maple led from the front with the wicket keeping gloves in the Sagicor Super Cup, Sagicor Twenty20 and Elite Division where he jointly shared the prize for most dismissals with Tevyn Walcott of St Catherine’s.