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Lil Bravo cops top cricket award
Darren Bravo and Stefanie Taylor were named West Indies Cricketers of the Year for 2013 at the WICB/WIPA second annual awards ceremony at the Pegasus Hotel on Thursday night. While Chris Gayle was specially recognised by the WICB as he approaches his 100th Test at Sabina Park tomorrow against New Zealand. Bravo, who is expected to lead the Windies batting going forward in world cricket, was also named Caribbean T20 cricketer of the year. His female counterpart, Stefanie Taylor won her eighth straight women's cricketer of the year award. The awards ceremony ended on the stroke of midnight, and many who turned out at the function remained clearly to witness Gayle's special recognition.
The big left-handed opening batsman is one of only four cricketers in the history of Test cricket to score two triple centuries, the others being Brian Lara, Verender Sehwag and Sir Donald Bradman. When the 34-year-old Gayle steps out onto the field tomorrow, it will mark his 100th Test appearance for the West Indies. He has scored 6.934 runs, averages 42.02 with 15 centuries and 34 half centuries and a highest score of 333. He has captured 72 Test wickets with an innings best of 5-34. The 39-year-old Shivnarine Chanderpaul was also recognised by the WICB. He will play in his 154th Test tomorrow and has amassed 11,219 runs at an average of 51.94 with 29 centuries and 62 half centuries. Chanderpaul was also named West Indies test cricketer of the year, while his son Tagenarine was named West Indies Under-19 player of the year.
Lockhart Sebastien was gifted the WIPA Lifetime Achievement Award, while Edward "Teddy" Griffith was given the WICB Lifetime Achievement Award. Shane Shillingford was adjudged the first class limited overs cricketer of the year and Nikita Miller the first class four-day cricketer of the year. The WICB's emerging player of the year was Miguel Cummins of Barbados, Sunil Narine was named T20 Cricketer of the Year while the WICB's ODI player of the year is Dwayne Bravo.