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Tuesday, 29 August, 2000, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Marshall honoured with new award
Connie Marshall shows the trophy to son Mali at Lord's
Connie Marshall shows the trophy to son Mali at Lord's
One of the greatest bowlers ever was honoured on Tuesday as a trophy bearing his name was unveiled at Lord's.

The Malcolm Marshall Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the top bowler in each England-West Indies Test series, starting with the current series between the two teams.

Marshall, who died in November last year aged just 41, took 376 wickets in 81 Tests at an average of 20.94.

The Barbadian paceman's widow Connie made an emotional speech at the ceremony, which was attended by officials from the ECB and West Indies Cricket Board as well as former team-mates Clive Lloyd and Mark Nicholas.


Malcolm was an outstanding servant of West Indires cricket who inspired us all
Pat Rousseau

Smiling

"I know Malcolm must be smiling down on us today," said Mrs Marshall, who was accompanied by her son Mali.

"He always took pride in his achievements and, even though he was quite modest, it would please him to be honoured in this manner," she said.

Marshall still holds the record for wickets taken in a series between West Indies and England, with 35 in the 1988 series.

Winner

The winner of the trophy will receive 1,360, while anyone who breaks Marshall's record will win 34,000.

Pat Rousseau, president of the WICB, said, "Malcolm was an outstanding servant of West Indires cricket who inspired us all - with the dedication he showed to his craft and by the many great battles he won for the West Indies.

Malcolm Marshall's son Mali
Malcolm Marshall's son Mali at Lord's
"I hope this award will inspire young bowlers to strive for the heights Malcolm reached during his career."

Tim Lamb, chief executive of the ECB, echoed those feelings.

Ambassador

"Malcolm was not only a wonderful bowler, but a great ambassador for cricket," he said.

"The trophy is a fitting tribute to a superb cricketer. Whoever wins it will know they have followed in the footsteps of the one of the best fast bowlers of all time."

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