Hometown hero to be rewarded again

ROSEAU, Dominica – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says his government will reward off-spinner Shane Shillingford “in a tangible way” after the Dominican spun West Indies to an emphatic victory over Zimbabwe in the second and final Test here Friday.

Shillingford finished with match figures of ten for 93 as the Windies romped to an easy win half-hour before tea on the third day of the contest at Windsor Park.

He finished the series with 19 wickets following his nine-wicket match haul in the Kensington Oval Test last week in Bridgetown.

“On the behalf of the government and the people of Dominica I would like to congratulate Shane Shillingford on his exemplary performance at the just concluded Test series against Zimbabwe,” Skerrit said.

“His performance no doubt calls for some form of tanglible recongnition.”

For his efforts, Shillingford was voted Man-of-the-Match, following on from a similar honour in the Barbados Test. He was also Man-of-the-Series.

His success comes after he was overlooked for similar two-Test series against New Zealand and Bangladesh last year, when off-spinner Sunil Narine was preferred.

However, he captured 24 wickets in three first class matches for Windward Islands to force his way into the Windies side, and Skerrit says the 30-year-old had proven that he belonged at the highest level.

“He has demonstrated beyond the shadow of a doubt that his selection on the team cannot be questioned …our hope is that his performance will serve as a motivation to many young people,” the country’s leader asserted.

Last year, Shillingford was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador after taking ten wickets against Australia at Windsor Park.

He has now taken 48 wickets from ten Tests.

Sat, 03/23/2013 - 10:43