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Top performer: Kamau Leverock has been named as Bermuda’s international player of the year (Photograph by Ras Mykkal)

Kamau Leverock was named Bermuda’s international player of the year at the Bermuda Cricket Board annual awards ceremony at Gosling’s Wine Cellar on Friday night.

All-rounder Leverock was in sublime form for Bermuda this year, scoring 525 runs in 11 T20 Internationals, with his best score 103 against Panama. He also picked up ten wickets and seven catches.

The 29-year-old was named MVP at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Americas Regional Qualifier, in which he finished with 213 runs, hit the most boundaries [15 fours, 14 sixes), and had a batting average of 42.60 as Bermuda just fell short of qualifying for the World Cup.

Left-arm spinner Derrick Brangman walked away with three accolades on the night. The 36-year-old had the most wickets for Bermuda in international cricket this year, claiming 21 scalps, with his best figures five for 19 against Cayman Islands. He also became only the second Bermuda bowler to record a five-wicket haul in T20I and, while his St David’s side struggled in the 50 overs Premier Division, Brangman scored 218 runs, the highest by any batsman in the competition, and was named the league’s MVP.

Derrick Brangman won three accolades at the BCB awards

Brangman also picked up 12 wickets in the Premier Division, one behind the leading duo of Brian Hall, of Western Stars, and Warwick’s Luke Fulton, who were tied on 13.

“It feels really good to be MVP of the Premier Division once again,’’ Brangman said.

“To do it with the most runs in the league and to do it with St David’s, some would say I'm just a bowler, but that’s not the case.

“Winning most wickets for international cricket for Bermuda is big to me. Nothing beats representing your country on the big stage. For the last two years I’ve been working hard on my cricket game, and it shows hard work pays off.

“I couldn’t have done this with out my family friends and fans that keep pushing me to do good things in cricket. Thanks to them, I'm the second player to take five wickets for Bermuda in T20Is.

“I can't wait for February to get back with the national side because I feel great things are going to happen for us as a team, so I'm looking forward to that tour.”

Somerset’s Jermal Proctor won the 50 over First Division MVP after he finished with the most runs as well as the highest number of wickets to help his side earn promotion. The Bermuda under-19 all-rounder also won the emerging cricketer of the year.

Jermal Proctor won the First Division MVP (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Jessica Furtado, of St David’s, walked away with the Women’s T20 league MVP, while the top prize for the knockout competition was given to Warwick’s Chantal Oosthuizen.

“I truly appreciate it and this is a great way to finish the season,’’ Oosthuizen said. “I am looking forward to playing with the amazing team again next year.”

Coach Clay Smith, who guided St George’s to runner-up in the 50-over Premier Division and the Athene T20 league title won the Premier Division coach award. Smith beat off Gus Logie of Bailey’s Bay, who guided his team to the 50 overs championship, shared the knockout trophy with Cleveland, and finished second in the T20 league.

Somerset’s Jeff Richardson won first division coach honours. with Peter Philpott, of Devonshire Rec, taking the prize for catching female players.

Long-serving national team player Malachi Jones was presented with a BCB icon award. Jones, 34, announced his retirement from international cricket in September after he was left out of Bermuda’s final squad for the T20 World Cup qualifier. He represented the island in 30 international matches.

The BCB handed out an ICC long-service award to Willow Cuts coach Dexter Basden, while Russell Richardson, a man with more than 50 years of voluntary service to the BCB, was presented with a long-service accolade.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Owen Darrell, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, made clear the importance of cricket to the island and highlighted the support given by the government.

Umpires Precious Smith and Steven Caines with their accolades (Photograph supplied)

“This year, the Government of Bermuda has invested over $250,000, also providing duty relief for uniforms and equipment for the board,’’ Darrell said.

“Congratulations to all the clubs, players, and the fans who contributed to the league and tournaments this season.

“Internationally, we must commend the BCB executive, staff, and volunteers for their tireless efforts in delivering a world-class ICC Men's T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier Regional Final here in Bermuda.

“To our senior men’s national team, while we didn’t clinch the ultimate prize, the battles fought kept our country on the edge of their seats.

“Though qualification eluded us, every player displayed skill with the bat and ball, making us proud.”

Bermuda Cricket Board annual awards

Senior Men’s team

Most runs: Kamau Leverock

Most wickets: Derrick Brangman

International player of the year: Kamau Leverock

Emerging player of the year: Jermal Proctor (Somerset)

50 overs Premier Division

Most runs: Derrick Brangman (St David’s, 218 runs)

Most wickets: Brian Hall (Western Stars, 13; Luke Fulton (Warwick, 13)

MVP: Derrick Brangman (St David’s)

Coach of the year: Clay Smith (St George’s)

50 overs First Division

Most runs: Jermal Proctor (Somerset, 296)

Most wickets: Jermal Proctor (Somerset, 15)

MVP: Jermal Proctor (Somerset)

Coach of the year: Jeff Richardson (Somerset)

Athene T20 Premier Division

Most runs: Dominic Sabir (Somerset, 284)

Most wickets: Nzari Paynter (St George’s, 19)

MVP: Dominic Sabir (Somerset)

Athene T20 First Division

Most runs: Jan-Johan Nel (Flatts Victoria, 395)

Most wickets: Q’Shai Darrell (Cleveland County, 13)

MVP: Mackih McGowan (Cleveland County)

Women’s T20 league

Most runs: Karen Hodgson (Warwick)

Most wickets: Chevonne Furbert (Western Stars)

MVP: Jessica Furtado (St David’s)

Women’s knockout

Most runs: Chantal Oosthuizen (Warwick)

Most wickets: Gabby Jackson (Devonshire Rec)

MVP: Chantal Oosthuizen (Warwick)

Emerging player: Chloe Card (Warwick)

Coach of the year: Peter Philpott (Devonshire Rec)

Umpires and officials

Umpire of the year: Steven Caines

Emerging umpire of the year: Precious Smith

Groundsman of the year: Kevin Smith

Scorer of the year: Johneika Smith

Long service award: Russell Richardson

ICC long service award: Dexter Basden (Willow Cuts)

BCB icon award: Malachi Jones

Past presidents award: Ed Bailey, El James, Reginald Pearman, Lloyd Fray, Lloyd Smith

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Published November 27, 2023 at 7:59 am (Updated November 27, 2023 at 7:59 am)

Star performers honoured at Bermuda Cricket Board awards

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