St John’s, Antigua – Jamaica Scorpions head coach Andrew Richardson has described team captain Rovman Powell as an “awesome” leader, and believes his performance in the recently staged Super50 Cup was evidence of the personal investment in his development.
Powell impressed both with his form and his captaincy as Scorpions bounced back from a shaky start to the tournament to beat defending champions and favourites Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in last Saturday’s final, and lift their first regional one-day title in 11 years.
He led his side’s batting with 346 runs at an average of 69 with one hundred – a brilliant unbeaten 105 in the semi-final which spearheaded a tournament-high run chase of 318 to stun Guyana Harpy Eagles.
“Awesomeness, awesomeness,” Richardson said.
“Rovy (Powell), the way he operates you can tell he wants to take his game to the next level. The way he marshalls the troops on the field was awesome to see.
“Every time he batted, he batted with a purpose. I certainly know – especially [in the final] – he wanted to be there at the end but unfortunately it didn’t go according to plan.”
He continued: “He is one of the cricketers that I can tell you has personally invested in his game and his improvement, and this is just fruits of his labour.”
The 29-year-old, West Indies’ Twenty20 vice-captain at the recent World Cup in Australia, also tasted success two months ago when he oversaw Jamaica Tallawahs’ capture of the Caribbean Premier League.
Powell, who made his international debut six years ago, has played 45 One-Day Internationals and 55 T20 Internationals.
He was one of several players with international experience in the successful Scorpions side, campaigning alongside current Windies stars Sheldon Cottrell, Brandon King and Odean Smith, and former players like Chadwick Walton and Andre McCarthy. (CMC)