ALL-ROUNDER POW­ELL LOV­ING POWER-HIT­TING ROLE

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Ex­cited all-rounder Rov­man Pow­ell says he is rel­ish­ing his cameo roles in the West Indies A side af­ter pro­duc­ing an­other high-class per­for­mance to help the Caribbean side beat Sri Lanka A on Thurs­day.

The 23-year-old lashed a whirl­wind half-cen­tury and grabbed three wick­ets to help pro­pel Windies A to a rous­ing 109-run vic­tory and an as­sail­able 2-0 lead in the three-match unofficial One-Day In­ter­na­tional Se­ries here.

“The key to [vic­tory] was the open­ing stand we got from Chad­wick (Wal­ton) and Kyle (Hope). I think they played well,” Pow­ell said.

“They al­lowed me to come in in the lower half and ex­press my­self be­cause of the plat­form that was laid.

“And in re­gards to the bowl­ing, the pitch was a bat­ting-friendly wicket, so it was very im­por­tant for me to get the ball in the right ar­eas from the out­set, and I think I did just that today.”

En­ter­ing the con­test with West Indies A on 228 for three, Pow­ell blasted two fours and six sixes in mak­ing a stun­ning 52 off 22 de­liv­er­ies.

Hope stroked 107, and opener part­ner Wal­ton, 70, while As­sad Fu­dadin chipped in with a steady 57.

The half-cen­tury was the sec­ond suc­ces­sive one for Pow­ell, who made 55 off 35 balls in Tues­day’s first game as the Windies stormed to an im­pres­sive 165-run vic­tory.

“It’s a role that helps me to ex­press my­self a lit­tle more, but today was good,” the Ja­maican said.

“I just came out and ex­pressed my­self, and that is some­thing young play­ers al­ways want to do, and I think the op­por­tu­nity pre- sented it­self today, and I took it with both hands.”

Pow­ell shot to promi­nence this year in a prac­tice match in­volv­ing West Indies in Bar­ba­dos be­fore also mak­ing a huge im­pres­sion for Ja­maica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.

Rov­man Pow­ell

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