Ambulance called onto Barbados outfield after sickening outfield collision between fielders
West Indies batsman Kieran Powell was driven from the field in an ambulance after a sickening head-clash in the Carribean Premier League in Barbados today. Powell collided heavily with fellow St Kitts & Nevis Patriots player JJ Smuts as both men rushed at the ball in an attempt to catch a lofted drive from Barbados Tridents batsman AB de Villiers.
De Villiers had been in classic form, racing to a half-century and was on 67 in the 19th over when he smashed Alzarri Joseph's ball towards the long-on boundary.
Powell raced around from his position on the fence at a straight long-on and Smuts came from the opposite direction and both players collided heavily, with Powell bearing the brunt of the impact, as well as landing heavily with his head appearing to bang the ground.
Both players lay prone on the outfield turf as players and support staff from both teams rushed to their add. Stretchers were quickly called and an ambulance drove onto the Kensington Oval to continue treatment. Smutts was first to his feet and the South African was deemed to have recovered sufficiently to go on to open the batting for St Kitt's run chase in Powell's absence.
De Villiers finished with 82 from 54 balls, with nine boundaries and three sixes as Barbados posted 6-180 in the T20 clash.
The South African great had earlier been rattled with a bouncer from Jospeh that clattered into the grill on his helmet.
But de Villiers recovered quickly and hit the next ball for one of his sixes. In the final over de Villiers deposited a ball onto the roof of the grandstand for his final six before getting caught in the deep next ball.