Darren Sammy © Ike Li Ike Images
Darren Sammy © Ike Li Ike Images

The Caribbean flavour always adds spice to franchise T20 cricket. Doesn’t it? Guys like Darren Sammy are loved around the world and it’s no different in Hong Kong. Turning up for Hung Hom Jaguars in the 2018 Hong Kong Blitz, Sammy hasn’t really got enough opportunities to be at his destructive best and is saving the best for final.

The Jaguars have been phenomenal and Sammy has gleefully mentored the side. However, can you keep the big West Indian out of action?

Hong Kong Island United were staring at a big defeat. They needed 71 runs off 13 balls. Kyle Christie pitched it up to Hong Kong wicketkeeper-batsman Christopher Carter, who went for a loft eyeing the long-off boundary. Sammy, stationed in between mid-off and long-off (the straight boundaries at Mission Road Ground are quite small), timed his jump to perfection to nab a stunner with his left hand.

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“Just a fluke, maan,” joked Sammy after the game. Elaborating on how he went about it, Sammy told CricketCountry, “Everybody probably felt that it went over my head but I timed my jump really well and most important thing is that it stuck. That’s how you take catches, they stick.

Kyle Christie eyes Kumar Sangakkara’s wicket early as Jaguars set date with Gladiators in Hong Kong T20 Blitz 2018 Final
Kyle Christie eyes Kumar Sangakkara’s wicket early as Jaguars set date with Gladiators in Hong Kong T20 Blitz 2018 Final

Sammy has 51 runs from 4 matches this season at a strike rate of 164.51 and has been dismissed only once in four innings. His 20-ball 33 against the Kumar Sangakkara-led Galaxy Gladiators Lantau kept the Jaguars in the hunt till the last over.

Though Sammy has leaked almost 14 runs an over, he has managed to bag three wickets in the competition.

Jaguars and Galaxy will lock horns for the final on Sunday, February 11.