Not just with the ball, but West Indies cricketer Sheldon Cottrell proved that he can wield the willow as well as and when necessary. On Thursday, Cottrell smashed a penultimate ball six to take West Indies over the line against Ireland in the second ODI at Barbados. The 30-year-old pacer also made a unique feat his own by becoming the first No 11 batsman in the history of ODI cricket to finish a chase with a six.
Cottrell also had to survive a couple of runout scares in the final over before he had his moment. It was a widish delivery from Mark Adair and Cottrell threw the kitchen sink at it. It came off the outside half of the bat and the power took it over the ropes. With the six, West Indies not only sealed the match but also the series 2-0. Once he hit the six, the dressing-room was elated as they were cheering Cottrell and basking in the win.
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Alzarri Joseph bagged the man of the match for picking four wickets in his spell which helped West Indies reduce Ireland to 237 for nine.
“Relieved about the win. It’s a team game, and we all put in the effort to win the game. It’s not just me. The wicket was a little more even than the first game, so I had to assess early and execute. As I said, we have full support from the captain, coaching staff, and everyone,” said Joseph at the presentation.