Bede’s Alumnus, Shai Hope one of Wisden’s 5 Cricketers of the Year
Bede’s alumnus, Shai Hope, was recently among five named as Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year for 2017 following an astonishing performance for the West Indies in their famously unexpected Test win over England last summer at Headingley.
The coveted Cricketers of the Year award which began in 1889 recognises those cricketers who have made an outstanding contribution to, and had the most influence on, the previous English season.
The Barbadian batsman who left Bede’s in 2012, had a breakthrough year in international cricket becoming the first player in history to score a hundred in both innings of a first-class match at Headlingley.
Wisden editor, Lawrence Booth explained the honour by saying that Shai Hope had “produced one of the individual performances of the year. After West Indies had been thrashed in the first Test at Edgbaston, Hope made 147 and 118 not out to inspire them to a famous win in the second at Headingley. He was the first player in 534 first-class matches to score two hundreds in a game there, instantly making him the West Indian wicket all opposition attacks craved most.”
Commenting on the honour, Bede’s Director of Cricket, Alan Wells commented, “The Wisden Cricketers of the Year award is highly prestigious and is coveted by cricketers from across the world not just in the English game. It is absolutely fitting that Wisden should recognise the huge personal contribution that Shai made at Headingley last summer, in one of the greatest Test upsets of all time.”
For the first time ever, Wisden also recognised three women in their Top 5. Anya Shrubsole, Heather Knight and Nat Sciver were all members of England’s World Cup winning squad who helped England to victory against India in a thrilling final last summer at Lords.
Bede’s will play host to the England Women’s team when they visit on Saturday 19 May to play a Bede’s mixed select XI as part of their preparations for the T20 World Cup in the West Indies later this year.