West Indies teams worthy of adulation -Bennett

April 04, 2016
@Normal:Marlon Samuels
@Normal:West Indies Carlos Brathwaite celebrates after they defeated in England in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, yesterday.
@Normal:Carlos Brathwaite (right) celebrates with teammate Marlon Samuels after hitting the winning runs against England in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India on Sunday, April 3.

First vice-president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Dr Donovan Bennett has hailed the feat of the West Indies copping the ICC World Twenty20 double as unique and worthy of adulation.

The West Indies men's team, aided by a player-of-the-match performance from Marlon Samuels, as well as a career-defining all-round effort from Carlos Brathwaite, defeated England by four wickets to win the final in Kolkata, India yesterday.

This was after the women's aggregation, headed by player-of-the-match Hayley Matthews and captain Stafanie Taylor, had hours earlier overcome defending champions Australia by eighth wickets at the same venue.

"I'm ecstatic about the double. It's a very unique thing," said Bennett, who is also a director of the West Indies Cricket Board.

"It is also even more amazing for the West Indies to win three major ICC World titles, including the ICC Under-19 World Cup, within a calendar year."

"It is, indeed, something that we may not see happen in our lifetime again."

"When I looked at situation, 19 runs needed off the last over, I thought that we were not going to make it. However, Brathwaite surprised all of us, as for him to hit four consecutive sixes, it is not something you see in cricket everyday."

"The victories are a welcomed one for the people of the region, and West Indies cricket. They also that West Indies cricket is moving in moving in the right direction," he added.

Meanwhile, Peter Lloyd, Group Marketing Director, of team sponsors Digicel, said the telecommunications company was delighted with the teams continued success.

"The 'Windies' teams fought hard and were rewarded with a well-deserved win against England and Australia - both formidable opponents. We wish all the West Indies teams continued success as we look to continue supporting them through our partnership with the West Indies Cricket Board."

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