Devon Smith, Rahkeem Cornwall the top performers in West Indies Championships

By March 27, 2019

Veteran batsman Devon Smith and all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, who were the top individual performers during the recently concluded West Indies Championships, were among several players recognised for their achievements during the season.

Smith, who holds the record for the most runs in a single season, scored 745 runs in nine matches at an average of 43.82 to top the batting aggregates for the season straight season.

He and fellow veteran opener Montcin Hodge of the Hurricanes were the only two batsmen to score 700 runs or more during the season. For his efforts, Smith won the Vivian Richards Award and a cheque for US $1,500.

Cornwall took 54 wickets in nine matches at 17.68 apiece and won the Courtney Walsh Award and the US $1,500 prize. Cornwall, who was winning the award for the first time, was the only bowler to finish with 50 wickets or more in the season.

He had three five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket match haul.

Anthony Bramble of reigning five-time champions Guyana Jaguars, was the leading wicketkeeper for the second straight season, effecting 43 dismissals, comprising 42 catches and one stumping, and took home the Deryck Murray Award and the US $1,500 cash prize.

Bramble also earned an additional US $1,500 and the Malcolm Marshall Award for the Best All-Round Performance as chosen by the Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies. The Jaguars wicketkeeper/batsman scored 580 runs at an average of 52.72 from 14 innings in 10 matches.

Jonathan Carter of the Barbados Pride won the Clive Lloyd Award and US$1,500 for his 21 catches. He was winning the award for the second straight year.

Anderson Phillip, the emerging pacer from Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, collected a US $1,000 and the Andy Roberts Award for being the Most Promising Fast Bowler.

He bagged 28 wickets at 24.57 each in eight matches.

In addition to the Championship prizes, each franchise won USD$3,000 for winning a match.

As a result, champions Guyana Jaguars pocketed USD$36,000, comprising the USD$15,000 grand prize for winning the Championship and USD$21,000 for winning seven matches this season.

Runners-up Barbados Pride won US $26,000, consisting of USD$8,000 for finishing second and USD$18,000 for winning six matches.

Third-placed Leeward Hurricanes pocketed USD$18,000 for six wins this season while fourth-placed TT Red Force got USD$12,000 for four wins.

The Jamaica Scorpions and bottom-placed Volcanoes each won USD$9,000 each.

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