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Powell pleased with Tallawahs start

Published:Monday | July 18, 2016 | 7:00 AM

Emerging Jamaica Tallawahs all-rounder Rovman Powell has expressed pleasure at the start to his Twenty20 career having registered a few decent performances in the HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament.

Powell, a relative unknown before he was picked up early in the Caribbean Premier League player draft this year, and batting at the coveted number four batting position in the team, has so far shown glimpses of potential amid scores of four, 12 not out, 38, six not out, and 35.

The latter knock, which came off 24 balls and included four fours and a six, helped the Tallawahs defeat St Kitts and Nevis by 108 runs at Sabina Park on the weekend.

This has resulted in the 22-year-old being singled out by team captain Chris Gayle and Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara as one for the future.

"I have been given a few opportunities, which I have tried to take with both hands,'' states Powell.

"I am yet to get a telling innings to let people know who is Rovman Powell, but I think it's a decent start. It's just for me now to grow from strength to strength."

DECENT START

Powell, a former Jamaican Under-19 representative, has been a standout locally, where he has led the University of The West Indies to the final and semi-final of the national one-day and two-day competitions.

He has also had a fairly decent start to regional one-day cricket, with scores of 71 and 63 being his highest this season in the Nagico Super50 for the Combined Campuses and Colleges in two seasons.

"I have trained hard, have done the hard work, and things are falling into place. So for that I am grateful,'' said Powell, who is a past student of Old Harbour High, and is currently a final-year student at UWI where he majors in Geography.

"Chris Gayle and Andre Russell have also sat down with me and have had some personal chats and have shown me the ropes of how to perform at this level, while Kumar Sangakarra, as a legend of our game, he is more than just a player.

"He is also a mentor, who sits down and gives us a lot of batting tips and useful stuff that we always walk with whenever we go on the field."

Powell also bowls part-time pace and dreams of playing Test cricket one day for the West Indies.

- J.L.