Mumbai: West Indies’ big-hitter Chris Gayle made his debut for county side Somerset in blistering fashion clobbering the white ball all across the park, and in the end scored an astounding 62-ball 151 runs.
Thanks to everyone who came and watched today - you have all witnessed the 6th highest all time score in t20 history! pic.twitter.com/BzupGJHg92— Somerset Cricket (@SomersetCCC) May 31, 2015
But his hard work went in vain as Kent came away with a three-run win after they defended a total of 227 for seven that featured Sam Northeast's 114 in the Twenty20 Blast match recently.
When Gayle’s at the crease, you can definitely expect the ball to go places and the evident occurred. The big Jamaican smashed a six into Taunton’s River Tone and one determined fan did not hesitate before diving into the river to retrieve the ball.
We asked earlier how far Gayle could hit it. Well, one of his 6's landed very close to where this photo was taken! pic.twitter.com/k4tNej1fAh— Somerset Cricket (@SomersetCCC) May 31, 2015
Martin Bullock, a Somerset fan made a dash to the river, stripped to his shorts and swam to get a well-deserved memento of the match.
— Martin Bullock (@MartinDB07) May 31, 2015
Gayle was mighty impressed by Martin’s effort and took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share his thoughts about it and even signed the ball for him.
Devastating Gayle struck 10 fours and 15 sixes in his breathtaking knock but later could only watch as Somerset slumped to 22 for two before he smashed three sixes in eight balls.
Hats off to you Champ... https://t.co/MiSm7fMX61— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) June 1, 2015