Saturday, November 26, 2022

CPL: #CPLHomecricket challenge takes off

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As we all do what we can to stay home the Caribbean Premier League have been challenging players and fans to take part in the #CPLHomeCricket challenge. It is nice and simple. You need a bat, a ball and a camera to record your efforts. 

The challenge is this – using one hand on the bat handle you bounce the ball on the edge of the bat as many times as you can. 

The challenge was kicked off by Tom Moody, CPL’s Director, International Cricket. He made a very solid effort with 49. Then Trident’s young gun Leniko Boucher stepped up with a 53, a very solid effort. 

When the fans started to get involved things stepped up a level. Chaddy Forde set a new benchmark with 76. 

This was the point that Daren Sammy, two times T20 World Cup winner and St Lucia Zouks captain, put down a marker. He was the competition’s first centurion, making 107 bounces. 

Guyana fan favourite Chris Green got involved and made a very impressive 149, calling out Sammy in the process. Things were heating up. 

That landmark was passed, and the record smashed, by 15-year-old Anthony Hutson from Guyana who made 301 not out. When he passed the triple century mark he could have kept going but instead he jumped for joy. 

That could have been the end of it, we all could have accepted that 301 was as high as anyone could go, but as Sammy put it; “Leaders lead”. 

Sammy saw what young Mr Hutson had done and decided to push him even further. He came back with 327. The response from Hutson was immediate, he fired back with 419. 

The scores then started getting ridiculous.

Sammy – 426
Sammy – 482
Sammy – 790
Hutson – 805

Then Sammy passed the four figure mark with 1012. The kid from Guyana wasn’t having that. He made 1126. 

In reply to his post Sammy said: “Should I?”

We said: “Yes, skippa!” 

Sammy came back with 1154, some 1105 bounces more than the original mark set by Tom Moody. 

If you want to have a go, no matter how many (or how few) bounces you get, send them to us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #CPLHomeCricket. 

Let’s keep the fun going. 

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