By: Curtis Morton
He may be small in stature and he may even go unnoticed as he chats with the other young cricketers but if you were to observe closely as he talks quietly with his teammates, you would notice that the little left handed batsman, commands their respect.
When he dominated the local Primary School cricket championship alongside his long time friend and team mate, Saeed Williams, he seemed frail of shoulder and although elegant, did not get the ball off the square too often.
However, that has all changed. He has maintained his grace and elegance but has added to that some brute force as he usually dismiss bad deliveries to the boundary.
On Sunday 14th July as he batted against a visiting English youth team, he defended one delivery from the young medium pacer and then dismissed the next delivery, a full toss, as straight as an arrow, going all the way for the maximum. To hit a six at the ET Willet Park is no easy feat.
In an interview with NTV Channel 8, the young Powell thanked his coach Stuart Williams for the tremendous work he has put in with him. He also had high praise for his Dad, the former Nevis and Leewards all rounder, Ronald Powell for teaching him the basics of the game and for his continued support and assistance.
Powell topped the batting in the recently concluded WICB under 17 tournament and noted that he was in good form and planned to take it into the upcoming under 19 tournament which starts in St.Kitts on Friday. He stated that his best knock in the recent tournament was his century in his last innings versus Barbados which was chance-less. He noted that during that innings, the ball really came off of the bat nicely.
He stated that he is looking forward to scoring at least one century in the under 19 tournament and to remain consistent with at least a few half centuries.
He took time out to thank all those persons who have helped him in his development and if the glint in his eyes is anything to go by, bowlers in the upcoming under 19 tournament, are going to have their workload cut out for them.