All-rounder Yannic Cariah copped the Queen’s Park Cricket Club ‘Cricketer of the Year’ award at the club’s 2018 prize-giving ceremony on Saturday night with a gala affair at the clubhouse on Tragarete Road, Port-of-Spain.
Carriah was the cornerstone of the club’s effort this season and although the Parkites failed to win any of the titles that were up for grabs the City team still performed creditably.
In his fourth season at the club, the left-hand batsman and leg-break bowler continued to get the team out of tough situations in all formats of the game. He scored 544 runs, with two hundred and three fifties at an average of 60.4 while taking 18 wickets with an average of 16.5 and an economy rate of 3.91.
In the first game of the season, QPCC 1 was 72/3 chasing 201 for first innings points when he came to the crease, he was still there at 175/9 and was last out with the score on 209 scoring 102 out of the team’s total. He was selected to represent West Indies “A” in their series against Sri Lanka.
The 26-year-old Cariah of Arima, edged Darren Bravo, Nicholas Alexis, Khary Pierre and Joshua Da Silva for the top award.
Bravo smacked 577 runs, with four fifties and two hundred at an average of 65.9. Missing half the season due to T20 commitments around the world, he had scores or 124, 133, 53 and 76 in his four innings in the league.
Alexis a right-hand batsman, scored 602 runs with one hundred and four fifties at an average of 40.1 with the highest score of 114. Da Silva, a wicketkeeper and right-hand opening batsman showed glimpses of his talent in 2017, but in 2018 playing in the Premiership Division for the first time at age 20 and standing at 6’ 2”, he ended the season with the highest aggregate in the country, scoring 679 runs with three fifties and one hundred (against QPCC 1) and also having the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper 19 in the National League competitions.
Playing for North in the Zonal 50 over, he had scores of 156 not out and 76 not out and earned himself a Retainer Contract with the TTCB for the upcoming 2018 – 2019 season.
Pierre, a left-arm orthodox bowler and left-hand batsman captured 26 wickets at an average of 16.9 and an economy rate of 2.95, taking three five wickets hauls. His performances with the ball have not gone unnoticed and he has been recognised by the T & T selectors, being awarded a Retainer Contract for the third straight season 2018 - 2019. He was also selected and represented West Indies “B” team in the Canadian T20. He is currently a member of the Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL. Taking away the Youth Cricketer of the Year award was Da Silva, who is expected to feature for the T&T Red Force in the upcoming Regional First Class season.
Former West Indies cricketer turned commentator Philo Wallace delivered the feature address and gave the players advice on becoming successful. “Everyone wants to be successful but it requires a process, which involves discipline, commitment, knowing who you are, what are your values and what you stand for.
“Have a good circle of people who will celebrate your victories and listen to your cry. Always strive for personal growth. If you demand perfection you will be exhausted. Have a collection of memories some that make you laugh, some that make you cringe and some that make you smirk.
“You have a wonderful club that has a strong structure on which success will continue to be built, so take advantage of being part of it. (Visit our website at www.guardian.co.tt for more)