WICB boss hails 'amazing' Jamaicans
St JOHN'S, Antigua:President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dr Julian Hunte, has showered the Jamaica cricket team with praise following their record-breaking performance to capture this year's regional four-day title.
Jamaica won the region's most prestigious cricket title when they had a superb come-from-behind triumph in the final against Barbados at Sabina Park on Monday to retain the Headley/Weekes Trophy, named in honour of West Indies greats George Headley and Sir Everton Weekes.
They ended the tournament with a perfect record - winning all their preliminary matches as well as the semi-final against Guyana and the grand finale against the Barbadians after conceding first innings. The amazing display meant they established a record of five consecutive regional first-class titles under the leadership of captain Tamar Lambert.
"On behalf of the WICB, I would like to congratulate the Jamaica team on an amazing performance, where they swept everyone and everything before them. To play and win every match contested is a remarkable achievement," Hunte said.
"In achieving that feat, they created history by topping the table for a fifth straight year. This is a truly amazing run and everyone involved throughout that period of dominance deserves commendation and congratulations.
Jamaica's bowling was exceptional this season and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller ended the season as the leading wicket-taker with 49 wickets. The batting was steady and reliable and left-hander Brendan Nash made the highest individual score - 205 not out against Guyana.
Hunte added: "The investment made by the Jamaica Cricket Association over the last decade has paid off and the Jamaicans are reaping the successes they deserve."