Stovell delivers on promise to St David’s
Dion Stovell was crowned the One Communications Premier Division MVP at the Bermuda Cricket Board annual awards ceremony at Gosling's Wine Cellar on Saturday night.
The St David's all-rounder played a key role in his team's title triumph, scoring 397 runs at an average of 79.04 — the highest in the league.
He also claimed 17 wickets with his off spin, two behind leading wicket-taker Dennis Musson Jr of Cleveland County, as well as holding onto the most catches with ten.
Stovell has now won back-to-back league titles since joining St David's, although his contribution was limited during his debut season and he was therefore determined to play a bigger role last summer.
“Going to St David's is obviously challenging because of all of the talent down there, but this year I played more of my game and did my extras, and things like that,” said Stovell, a multiple MVP award winner.
“This year I sat down with the guys and told them that I was going to make the most runs and win the MVP. I think it all comes down to concentration really. You've got guys like Allan Douglas Jr, Chris Douglas, Delyone Borden, OJ Pitcher, all high-calibre players, and anyone of us could have won the MVP.”
Stovell intends to return to boyhood club Southampton Rangers next season and said he was satisfied to leave Lord's on a high note.
“It's most likely that I'll go back to Rangers,” said Stovell, who secured a third straight title last season — and the MVP award — with Rangers two years ago. “I'd like to thank the St David's community, but I just think [the East End] is too far right now as I have a young kid and stuff to deal with.”
Another recipient from St David's was George Cannonier, who picked up the Coach of the Year award after guiding his side to the title by a staggering 39 points, as well as winning the Twenty20 championship.
Meanwhile, Ryan Steede picked up the First Division Coach of the Year award in recognition for leading his team to the title, losing just once all season.
Kwasi James, of Willow Cuts, scooped the First Division MVP after scoring 421 runs — the most runs in the second tier — with an average of 46.78.
James also took 19 wickets, two behind the First Division's leading wicket-taker Macai Simmons, of St George's.
The BCB Special Coach award, a category recognising a coach that goes “above and beyond the call of duty”, was handed to Reggie Tucker, who has worked with the Bermuda Under-19 and senior team this year.
Tucker also assisted Clay Smith, the Bermuda coach, in offering coaching sessions to the various domestic clubs throughout the season.
Also among Saturday night's winners were Malachi Jones, of Bailey's Bay, for the most top-flight runs (471) and Ajuan Lambe, of St David's, for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper (nine, eight catches and one stumping). Temiko Wilson was the top wicketkeeper in the First Division with six dismissals and 294 runs.
Charles Trott was named the Emerging Player of the Year after an outstanding season for PHC, Mark McCormack was handed the Emerging Umpire of the Year award, while Emmerson Carrington was named Umpire of the Year.
Charlotte “Molly” Simons, of Somerset Cricket Club, was honoured with a Lifetime Service award, while Lionel Tannock and Gregory Johnson both picked up Volunteer of the Year awards.
Lord's was named the Best Hosted Venue, Warwick Workmen's Club won the Best Club Tea award, Samantha Robinson, of St David's, was recognised as the Scorekeeper of the Year, while Calvin Richardson, also of St David's, was the recipient of the Groundsman of the Year award. Warwick Workmen's Club were recognised as being “the most disciplined and organised team”, winning the Chivas Team Sportsmanship award.
This year's Special Achievement award was presented to Joseph Bailey, who played Cup Match for Somerset for 19 years, captaining the West Enders for six matches. He also captained Bermuda for five years and represented Somerset, Willow Cuts, Warwick in the Western Counties, the Somers Isles Cricket League and the Bermuda Wanderers.
One of his most memorable performances came against a combined Surrey and Middlesex team, which included Sir Garfield Sobers and eight other Test players, with Bailey taking five wickets with his off spin.