KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC- Fast bowlers Sheldon Cotterrell and Tino Best and opener Chris Gayle have been singled out for producing some of the most electrifying moments in the recent Limacol Caribbean Premier league (LCPL).
Playing for the Antigua Hawksbills, Jamaica soldier, Sheldon Cotterrell, who customarily bowls at over 140 kilometres per hour bowled the fastest ball of the tournament with a 150.1 kilometres per hour thunderbolt.
Tino Best playing for the St. Lucia Zouks bowled seven of the ten fastest balls in the tournament with a highest speed of 149.6 kilometres per hour.
Jamaica Tallawahs captain, Chris Gayle, scored the fastest 50 of the tournament off just 23 balls against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel – and blasted the longest six which sailed 114 metres into the stands.
“Cricket in the Caribbean is all about big powerful displays. It’s always a pleasure to bring the fans to their feet with some serious hitting,” said Gayle.
“And to be able to do that with millions of people watching in the stands and on TV is just a great experience. I had a blast and can’t wait for next year”.
The inaugural event was highlighted by overflowing stadiums, thumping party vibes and massive hitting.
About quarter of a million people across the six venues attended the matches beamed into more than 135 million homes across the globe.
“There’s nothing like the buzz you get as a cricket fan when these giants of Caribbean cricket are firing on the field,” said CEO of the CPL, Damien O’Donohoe.
“The action in every match was just breathtaking and the crowd revelled in it”.
A total of 238 sixes and 415 fours were smacked in the tournament – an average of 10 and 17 respectively per match.
The tournament was won by the Jamaica Tallawahs who beat the Guyana Amazon Warriors by seven wickets.