Apr 06, 2016 Sports
(Jamaica Observer) Digicel, sponsor of West Indies cricket, has congratulated the men’s and women’s West Indies T20 cricket teams on becoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup champions after defeating England and Australia by four wickets and eight wickets, respectively, on Sunday.
The West Indies teams faced formidable opponents in the finals — England having an impressive win/loss rate for the tournament, and Australia entering the competition as the defending champions.
The players were determined to put on a good show for the fans and that they did, as the teams rose to the occasion and posted fantastic scores and fielded well to bring home their tournament trophies. The partnership of women’s captain Stephanie Taylor and 18-year-old Hayley Matthews saw them both making half-centuries to reach a record 120 runs and ending Australia’s T20 world dominance by winning the tournament for the first time.
After a less than stellar start to their chase of 155 runs set by England, Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite dug deep and found the win in the final over with Samuels posting 85 not out, while Brathwaite sent England home with a fantastic display of skill by smashing four sixes in a row — all in the final over.
Commenting on the teams’ successes, Digicel Group Marketing Director Peter Lloyd said: “Digicel and fans of West Indies cricket are delighted to see the teams continue to achieve success on the global stage as part of the ICC World Cricket T20 tournament. The Windies teams fought hard and were rewarded with a well-deserved wins 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.”
Digicel brand ambassadors from across the region gave their full support to both teams through videos which were posted on all of Digicel’s Facebook pages. These included the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt; Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; and Trinidadian soca music superstars Kes and Machel Montano.
West Indies cricket has been experiencing a run of success as the Under-19 team was also victorious in their World Cup clash against India earlier this year.
Digicel has been a sponsor of West Indies Cricket since 2004, which is part of the company’s overall strategy to help develop sporting talent across the region.
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