Friday, February 23, 2018

Lewis century takes Tableland to T20 quarters

PowerGen beaten in high-scoring clash

Already with a century in the national trials, left-hander Evin Lewis continued with his good form in the new year with another hundred, this time in the UWI Twenty20 competition on Sunday night at the Sir Frank Worrell Cricket Ground in St Augustine.

Lewis, who hit 124 in the first three-day national trial last week, struck a whirlwind 118 off just 51 balls Sunday to power Jenexcon Tableland to a four-wicket win over PowerGen Penal Sports and a place in tomorrow’s quarter-finals.

It was a clear night at the UWI facility, but it rained fours and sixes off the opener’s bat. He clobbered 13 sixes and five fours in his innings, Lewis racing to his 50 off 21 balls and getting to three figures off just 40. Lewis rescued an innings that had started disastrously, with Tableland losing their first two wickets without a run on the board as they set off in chase of 225 for victory after PowerGen had made a formidable 224 for five in their allotted 20 overs.

He eventually got support from his captain, former national player Lincoln Roberts who made an unbeaten 53 off 34 balls with four fours and three sixes. He took over after Lewis was fourth out with the total on 188 and 37 still needed for victory. Lewis and Roberts added 96 for the fourth wicket off 57 balls before off-spinner Vaaroon Samaroo removed the former. Samaroo had also done the initial damage when he got rid of both opener William Perkins and No.3 Kenton Thompson. But he still was expensive, finishing with figures of three for 41 off three overs. There was one wicket apiece for Sherwin Ganga and Ancil Bhagan.

Earlier, after being asked to bat by Roberts, PowerGen set the tone for this high-scoring encounter by making 224.

Opener Nicholas Sookdeosingh set the tempo with 81 off 52 balls, collecting 11 fours and three sixes in the process. There were also rapid contributions from Ganga who collected 47 from 28 balls (two fours, four sixes) and skipper Gregory Mahabir who hit an unbeaten 48 from 23 (seven fours, two sixes).

Thompson was the most successful bowler for Tableand, taking three for 34 in his four overs. He was not nearly as productive with the bat. He didn’t have to be, thanks to Lewis.