Windies all-rounder Roston Chase and the skipper of the women’s team, Stafanie Taylor, bagged the top awards at the Cricket West Indies award function on Friday (June 7). While Chase won the award for Men’s Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year, Taylor was named the Women’s ODI Cricketer and Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year, apart from being the Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
Apart from the two top prizes, Chase was also named the Regional Four-Day Cricketer and Emerging Cricketer of the Year. In men’s cricket, Jason Holder was named the ODI cricketer of the Year while suspended all-rounder Andre Russell was named the best T20I player. Ashley Nurse and Dwayne Bravo also won the regional awards in 50-over cricket and T20 cricket respectively, while Guyana was named the first-class team as well as the Under-19 team of the year.
Chase, who made his Test debut in July 2016, has notched up three centuries and as many fifties in the last one year. Among his more memorable knocks were the the unbeaten 101 against Pakistan, which nearly saved West Indies a Test in Dominica and a fighting century in Jamaica which helped the side save the Test against India.
The hallmark of Chase’s batting has been the fact that he has come strong when the top order has faltered. The 25-year old Barbados allrounder averages 58.53 from 10 Tests with the bat, apart from having picked 17 wickets – which includes a fifer and a four-wicket haul.
Taylor, who is having a disappointing run in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, scored 356 runs in 10 matches last year apart from taking six wickets. Her record in T20Is were all the more impressive, having scored 515 runs and taken 11 wickets in 12 matches.