Windies players vie for major honors

Kemar Roach.
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Two West Indies cricketers are vying for major individual honors in this year’s ICC Awards. Stafanie Taylor is one of 13 women nominated for the Women’s Cricketer-of-the-Year award, while Kemar Roach is one of 14 nominated for the Emerging Player-of-the-Year.

Both will now have to make it to the final cut for their respective awards, which will be presented at a gala ceremony in the Indian city of Bengaluru on Oct. 6.

Taylor continues to be the standard-bearer for West Indies Women in the international game.

The 19-year-old Jamaican has scored 332 runs at an average of 36.50 in nine ODIs during the period under review from last Aug. 24 to Aug. 10 this year.

This included a brilliant maiden undefeated 108 against South Africa Women in October in Paarl that helped the West Indies Women to a five-wicket victory in a low-scoring match.

She has made her mark with steady off-spin, taking 11 wickets at 22.18 apiece.

During that period West Indies had a memorable series victory over Sri Lanka and England and was part of the support cast that carried the team to the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup in the Caribbean.

Roach had to carry the West Indies men’s attack on his shoulders for most of the past year, following severe injuries to fast bowler Fidel Edwards.

The 22-year-old Barbadian has taken 13 wickets at 41.07 each in five Tests during the review period.

He also captured 13 wickets at 24.14 apiece in eight ODIs, and seven wickets at 20.14 each in eight T20 Internationals.

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