Barbados Pride win Headley/Weekes Trophy

The Barbados Pride are the 2020 West Indies Championship (Four-Day) and have been awarded the Headley/Weekes Trophy after the season was forced suspended.

Barbados sat on top of the standings after eight rounds of matches on 134.8 points with six wins and two losses, while Trinidad and Tobago in second in 94.6 points.

The Cricket West Indies confirmed the end of the season and declared Barbados the winners following a Board of Directors teleconference held Tuesday afternoon. Acting upon the advice of the CWI Medical Advisory Committee, a decision was made to cancel the last two rounds of matches in the first-class season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barbados had a good alround performance from the team as a unit with Kyle Mayers who was making his return to the Barbados line up for the first in about five years topping the batting with an impressive 654 runs at an average of 50.30 and a high score of 140 runs. Mayers has been in the top three run scorers in the Series from mid season and finished second to Jamaica’s Jermiane Blackwood who amassed 768 runs at an average of 51.20.

The Pride finished with three batsmen in the top 10 run scorers, Opener Shayne Moseley finished with 490 runs at an average of 35 and captain and Moseley’s opening partner Kraigg Brathwaite finished with 468 runs at an average of 33.42.

In the bowling department the bulk of the damage was done by the fast bowlers and led by right hand fast bowler Chemar Holder who finished with 36 wickets and was the only pace bowler in the top three wicket takers.

Similar to the batting, Barbados had two other bowlers in the Top 10 of the wicket takers and they were Kemar Roach with 30 wickets and Keon Harding with 29.

The Lower order batting also stood up with Mayers and Jomel Warrican posting a fight back 8th wicket partnership of 114 runs against Windward Islands and Shane Dowrichand Ashley Nurse 159-run 7th wicket partnership against Trinidad Red Force.

The Headley/Weekes Trophy is named in honour of West Indies pioneers and icons George Headley and Sir Everton Weekes.

Following the meeting Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI confirmed: “All around the sporting world we are faced with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cricket, cricketers and all our stakeholders involved in the game have been affected at various levels and we must continue to work to together and act responsibly in containing the spread of the virus.

“Ten days ago, we suspended our tournaments and camps for 30 days and now we have extended that suspension until the end of May as well as reluctantly cancelled some tournaments and tours in their entirety. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation and make further decisions and announcements in due course.”(CG/PR)

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