West Indies’ versatile player, Rakheem Cornwall, hammered an enormous 101-meter six that soared over the roof of the Kensington Oval during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) showdown between the Barbados Royals and St. Lucia Kings on September 2nd.
In pursuit of a target of 196, Cornwall provided the Royals with the explosive start they were looking for. After hitting a four and a six off successive deliveries, he delivered the colossal 101-meter maximum. The delivery, bowled by medium-pacer Matthew Forde, was a slower one, and the 30-year-old Cornwall cleverly waited before executing a powerful pull that sent the ball onto the stadium’s roof.
Here is the video capturing Cornwall’s colossal hit:
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Regrettably for Cornwall and the Royals, their enjoyment was short-lived as he got dismissed in the following over by Alzarri Joseph, managing to score just 18 runs off 14 deliveries. Cornwall’s performance this season has been far from impressive, maintaining an average of 14.60 with the bat and securing only one wicket in five matches.
However, during CPL 2022, he played a pivotal role, contributing 242 runs in nine games, which helped the team secure the top position in the points table and make it to the final. On the international stage, the 30-year-old has participated in ten Test matches for the West Indies, including their recent series against India, which ended in defeat.
“A tough day at the office” – Rovman Powell
Barbados Royals’ captain, Rovman Powell, acknowledged that his team had a dreadful performance during their 90-run loss to the St. Lucia Kings in CPL 2023. After choosing to field first, the Royals’ bowlers struggled against the aggressive batting of Colin Munro and Johnson Charles, who forged a formidable opening partnership of 97 runs in the initial ten overs. This propelled the Kings to a substantial total of 195/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
In response, the Royals capitulated meekly, getting dismissed for a mere 105 runs in the 18th over, continuing their inconsistent run in the season. During the post-match presentation, Powell expressed his disappointment with yet another crushing defeat, which followed closely after their 133-run loss to the Trinbago Knight Riders.
“A tough day at the office. Nothing went well for us. We thought the wicket will get better and it did. But we couldn’t bowl or bat well. If you keep on losing games badly, you need to sit down,” he said.
Following this disappointment, the Royals dropped to fifth place in the points table, with a record of two victories, three defeats, and one match ending in a no-result out of their six games. Meanwhile, St. Lucia maintained their strong performance and claimed the top position in the table with eight points from six games.
The Royals are scheduled to return to the field in a match against the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, who are also struggling at the bottom of the table, on Sunday, September 3.