Big Runs and Big Dreams: Alwyn Williams is a player on the rise

By Sports Desk August 31, 2022
Team Boscobel’s Alwyn Williams (left), the Man of the Match for the SDC/Wray & Nephew Cricket Finals on Sunday, August 21, 2022, receives the J$10,000 prize from Pavel Smith (right), Marketing Manager at J. Wray & Nephew Limited. Team Boscobel’s Alwyn Williams (left), the Man of the Match for the SDC/Wray & Nephew Cricket Finals on Sunday, August 21, 2022, receives the J$10,000 prize from Pavel Smith (right), Marketing Manager at J. Wray & Nephew Limited. Contributed

For Alwyn Williams from St Mary, the match that sparked his love for cricket was one he played as a boy in the streets with his friends and elder brother, Adrian Silvera.

With big dreams of representing Jamaica and subsequently the West Indies, the Boscobel batsman and century maker added a new title to his resume; Wray & Nephew National Community T20 Cricket champion following the final of the competition held on Sunday, August 21.

Learning the gentleman’s game from his older brother, who was then the cricketer of the family, Alwyn worked hard to hone the skills that would eventually land him a place on the Jamaica Scorpions as an all-rounder.

“My dream is to play for the West Indies, to be one of the better all-rounders that play for Jamaica and the West Indies,” he said following his recent century-making performance at the Port Rhoades Sports Club in St Ann.

“In order to do that, I know I have to score runs and take wickets for Jamaica and do the same for the West Indies whenever I get the chance.”

Now 28, Alwyn made his first-class debut for Jamaica during the 2018/19 Regional Four-Day Competition in February 2019. He explained that his passion for cricket is more than words can say.

“There’s more than enjoyment. I play any cricket, wind ball cricket, tiered ball cricket, no matter the time, no matter the weather, no matter whatever, if it’s cricket I am ready”, he said.

Throughout his cricket career, Williams has won more than five titles with his Boscobel St Mary team but though cricket has taken him to countries across the Caribbean,  winning the National Community T20 Cricket Finals was a special accomplishment.

“I rank this one in my top-five because of my mindset going into the game,” he said.

“I promised my manager, who means so much to me as a cricketer and who has pushed me for most of my life to get this far; I promised him that I would try my best to let him have a touch of the SDC/Wray & Nephew T20 Cricket trophy,” Williams shared.

Making good on his promise, Alwyn won himself the spot prize of $100,000 courtesy of title sponsor Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, after scoring a century that led his team to the title.

At the end of the match, Williams walked away with an additional two $10,000 cash prizes as the Man of the Match and for scoring the most runs.




Wowed by the stunning performance. Pavel Smith, Marketing Manager, J. Wray & Nephew Ltd made the on-the-spot prize announcement.

“This is why Wray & Nephew continues to support community events,” he said.

“Our sponsorship enables a platform that has long given homegrown sportsmen and women an avenue to matriculate and to represent the country globally. We are happy to partner with the Social Development Commission to energize this tournament and add value for players and patrons.”


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