Lord Gavron Award Recipient for 2005: Javon Searles

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Javon Phillip Ramon Scantlebury-Searles was born on 21st December 1986. A right-handed fast-medium bowler, middle-order batsman and excellent fielder, he is the most talented and exciting all-round cricketer in his age group in the Region. This was confirmed when he was awarded the prize for the Best All-rounder in the just concluded 2005 TCL Group West Indies Under 19 Cricket Challenge, held in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. He is blessed with all the qualities needed to become a successful cricket all-rounder at the highest level. He has immense natural ability, physical strength, determination, confidence, courage and a will to win. Very athletic, well built and looking every inch a cricketer, he is a natural attacking batsman and superb catcher in any position; occasionally he bowls with hostility and swing showing the ability to lift his game to the next level, when required to do so.

During the year 2005, he displayed these qualities with match winning performances which resulted in The Guardian General Barbados Youth First Division Cricket Team being at the top of the standings for the first five games of the local Banks/Legends First Division Competition. He scored 57 against Carlton and by the end of the fourth series his batting average was 30.33. He also took four wickets on two occasions, 4/40 vs Carib Carlton and 4/59 vs Cable & Wireless.

With a batting average of 37.00 and bowling statistics of 10 Wickets for 80 Runs, he ensured that The Guardian General Barbados Youth reached the Quarter finals of the Sagicor Cup Competition. This performance included 4/46 vs Wanderers and 5/56 vs Banks.

He was outstanding during the 2005 TCL Group West Indies Under 19 Cricket Challenge this year, being the leading new ball bowler in the 3-day tournament with 20 Wickets for 171 runs, which included 5/18 vs Windward, 4/15 vs Jamaica, and 4/12 vs Trinidad. He also played some match winning innings including 48 vs Jamaica.

In one of the two Limited Overs games played, he took 4/20 in the final against Trinidad & Tobago. He finished with 6/37 and at rate of 2.50 runs per over, making a significant contribution to Barbados placing second in both competitions. 

It should also be noted that Javon has played a critical role in his school, Coleridge and Parry, reaching the 2005 final in the First Caribbean International Bank Schools cricket competition. 

He has demonstrated the kind of qualities and work ethics of a true professional on the field of play in the year 2005. As a result he is included in the top 20 selected for the training camp in Trinidad and Tobago during December 2005. If he continues to show the effort, and desire to succeed, there is no doubt he will be in the final fourteen for the International under 19 World Cup Cricket Championship in Sri Lanka in February 2006.

Being the Best All-rounder has placed him among the top five under 19 cricketers in the West Indies coming out of the tournament.

November  2005

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