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Lewis gets 3rd 50 in trials

By Roger Seepersad

Hard-hitting opening batsman Evin Lewis continued his good form in the T&T Twenty20 trials, hitting his third half century in as many matches to lead the Rayad Emrit XI to an emphatic six-wicket win over the Denesh Ramdin XI at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva yesterday.

It was the third T20 trial match and so far Lewis has been the stand-out performer, hitting 75 off 50 balls yesterday to lead his team to 154 for four off 18.2 overs.

Lewis also hit a 29-ball 70 and 42-ball 62 in the two previous T20 two trial matches last week.

His knock yesterday overshadowed Ramdin’s 41-ball 66, which led his team to a competitive 150 for seven after the T&T skipper won the toss and elected to take first strike.

Ramdin, who was dropped from the West Indies team during the Trinidad leg of the Celkon Mobile Cup tri-series against Sri Lanka and India, shared a vital 87-run stand with Yannic Cariah to help rebuild their innings after they slipped to 37 for four in the ninth over.

The T&T skipper hit six fours and two sixes, both of which came off Sherwin Ganga, while Cariah, who will represent the “Red Steel” in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League T20, offered good support with 28 off 30 balls.

Cariah also hit two sixes, one off fellow leg-spinner Imran Khan and the other off left-arm spinner Khary Pierre before he was caught off the bowling of pacer Shannon Gabriel in the penultimate over of the innings.

Ramdin was out in the final over but by that time, he had given his team a fighting total.

Unfortunately Lewis was in the opposite XI.

The PowerGen left-hander, who missed out on being selected to a CPL franchise team, hit four sixes and seven fours to get his team close to their total.

But it was not all smooth sailing as the Emrit team also endured a minor slip when they were reduced to 48 for two in the ninth over.

But Lewis and his fellow PowerGen teammate Jason Mohammed (44 off 31 balls) ensured that the batting did not collapse, sharing a 94-run fourth wicket stand.

When Lewis was out, caught off the bowling of Kevon Cooper in the 17th over, Emrit’s team were just nine runs away from their second win in the T20 trials.

The players will be back at NCC tomorrow and Thursday for two more trial matches, which are being held as part of T&T’s preparations for the Champions League T20, which takes place in India later this year.

Ganga hit a six and a four in 11 not out from seven balls to formalise the result. 

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