A few minutes ago, the West Indies’ Stanford Superstars seized a US$20 million victory in the Stanford 20/20 Super Series from tournament favourites England – without losing a wicket!
And it was a thrashing.
Stellar bowling by the Superstars got England all out for just 99 runs. And then it was time for our batsmen to hit the crease.
Twenty-nine-year-old captain Chris Gayle from Jamaica (65 not out off 45 balls) and 20-year-old Grenadian rising star Andre Fletcher (32 not out off 31 balls) effortlessly batted to 101 in 12.4 overs. Captain Gayle scored the winning runs with a stylish six over the boundary.
Well blow meh dong, or at least hit meh fuh six!
The future of the nascent Stanford 20/20 form of cricket, often maligned for being an American abbreviation of the game and for several peculiarities and controversies over the last week, seems to be secure. According to its creator, Sir Allen Stanford, “Caribbean cricket is back!… This programme is working!”
And whether playing for regional pride or the US$1 million-a-player purse, the team gave often-disappointed West Indies fans plenty to celebrate, and much to feel hopeful about.
Congrats to our million dollar men!