Bridgetown, Barbados, March 29 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Wanderers all-rounder Ryshon Williams is to play league cricket in England this year.
Williams, 21, a top order right-hand batsman and left-arm spinner and the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Lord Gavron award, will spend the next six months attached to the Ribblesdale Wanderers Cricket and Bowling Club in Lancashire. He left for England on Sunday.
“My family is excited and have been looking forward to an opportunity like this for me. I am going to give my best with whatever is presented to me,” Williams said.
Even though Williams has not enumerated runs or wickets targets, he expects to make his performances over the coming months count towards selection for Barbados in the near future.
His past coaches Dexter Toppin and Sherwin Campbell received commendation for the roles played in his development, as did former Barbados Under-19 team manager Livy Coppin, who pushed for him to have this opportunity.
Williams expressed thanks to the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) for its support and hopes to make his family and country proud.
In the 2019 BCA Elite division three-day Championship, Williams was the top wicket-taker. Representing Wanderers, he grabbed 40 wickets at 16.07 runs each from 180.3 overs in nine matches.
He had a best haul of nine for 80 in the first innings against Carlton, finishing with a match tally of 13 for 131 in Series 4 at Desmond Haynes Oval.
Then at the age of 19, Williams was the youngest bowler in the last 35 years to take nine wickets in an innings in the top local Championship.
Before joining Wanderers, he turned out for Barbados Youth.
A resident of Parris Hill, St Joseph, Williams was educated at Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School before entering Deighton Griffith Secondary and then moving to The Lodge in fourth form.