Darrell shining with bat and ball for Stars
Seion Darrell has made a name for himself throughout his football career as a defender with Dandy Town.
Now he is also beginning to make his presence felt in the island’s other national sport playing for the club’s cricket team, Western Stars.
Darrell, 34, produced a superb all-round display that inspired Stars to victory over Somerset Bridge in a First Division Twenty20 match at White Hill Field last weekend. The opener struck a boundary filled 65 from just 29 balls and also bagged figures of two for three off just four balls with his seam bowling in Stars’ 48-run triumph.
“The team needed me to put up a score and do what I had to do, so I went out there and took it seriously just like any other time,” said Darrell alluding to his swashbuckling innings.
“I wasn’t supposed to be opening but the match got reduced [11 overs due to rain delay], so I just went out there and had a swing trying to hit everything and was in until the end pretty much.”
Stars piled up 131 for two after being sent to bat, with Darrell and fellow opener Jaiden Manders (32) featuring in an 84-run opening stand that laid the foundation for a formidable total, which ultimately proved beyond Bridge’s reach.
“We have a decent team so I know what we are capable of,” Darrell added.
“It’s just putting it together on the pitch and it feels good when it all comes together, especially when you play a big part in it.”
Darrell started playing cricket around age ten. He trained with the national youth cricket team and toured Barbados with Stars in his teens but ultimately made the decision to put his cricket career on the back-burner and commit himself solely to football.
“I was doing football and cricket, but I had to choose one so I chose football,” Darrell said. “I don’t have any regrets because I love football more than cricket, so it was an easy decision for me.”
Darrell resumed playing cricket a few seasons ago and has gone from strength to strength.
“Stars were short and I decided to help them out,” he said. “Every year since I started back playing [cricket] I’ve taken it more serious and now I’m one of the top batsmen in the team.
“I still bowl, but I’m not in the team to bowl, I guess.”
Darrell added: “I came into this season with the mindset that I’m going to take it more seriously and do better to help the team out in whatever way I can.
I guess it’s exactly what I expected it to be and if I can do more than I’ll do more.”
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