T&T opener sets up seven-wicket victory
Roger Seepersad email@example.com
Trinidad and Tobago opener Evin Lewis continued his good form with the bat, slamming a 22-ball 44 to set up his team’s seven-wicket win over the Windward Islands in their second Twenty20 practice match in Dominica, on Saturday night.
T&T are currently preparing for the Champions League T20 which bowls off in India next Saturday (September 21).
Lewis, who made 46 in the first match against the Windwards on Friday night, hit six fours and two sixes in his knock a day later as T&T reached 139 for three off 14.5 overs in reply to the Windwards’ 138 for five.
Lewis and his opening partner Adrian Barath shared a 65-run stand for the first wicket before Lewis departed.
Barath also had a good knock on Saturday.
After making just three in Friday’s close four-run win, Barath bounced back to hit 29 off 23 balls with four boundaries before joining Lewis in the pavilion.
Darren Bravo spent 31 minutes at the crease for his run-a-ball 20, which included three fours. Jason Mohammed and the T&T skipper Denesh Ramdin then finished off the chase with an unbroken 34-run fourth wicket stand.
Ramdin lashed two sixes and three fours in an unbeaten 27 off 12 balls. He spent just ten minutes in the middle.
Earlier, the T&T skipper won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Johnson Charles top-scored for the Windwards with 51 off 29 balls in a 76-run stand for the second wicket with Andre Fletcher, who scored 28 off 32 balls.
Fletcher hit one four and one six in his innings before being trapped lbw by Rayad Emrit in the tenth over. 77 for two.
Charles smacked four sixes and three fours during his innings before he was stumped off the bowling of Sherwin Ganga six runs later.
An unbeaten 30-ball 39 from Kavem Hodge boosted the Windwards total towards the end of their innings, but it was not enough to trouble Ramdin and company.
Samuel Badree was very economical in his four overs, conceding just 12 runs and taking one wicket, while
Emrit, who picked up five wickets in Friday’s match, took one for 37 in his four overs. Ganga was T&T’s best bowler, picking up two for 24 in four overs.
The T&T contingent returned home yesterday, and will have two more practice matches this week before leaving for India next