Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Lewis gets century against Canada

Trinidad and Tobago opening batsman Evin Lewis powered to a century to put his side in a strong position after the first day of their three-day match against a Canadian national team in a Canada Goodwill Tour match at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva yesterday.

Lewis' knock was laced with 19 fours, three more than in the entire Canadian innings, and he featured in a 131-run opening partnership with Justin Guillen who scored 58.

T&T closed the day on 194 for three, after Canada, winning the toss, had been dismissed for just 135 in 44.4 overs in their first innings.

Jason Mohammed (25 not out) and skipper Denesh Ramdin (one not out) will resume for T&T today.

Lewis' 95-ball knock came to an end on the third ball of the 26th over when he holed out to Hiral Patel at midwicket from a Junaid Siddiqui delivery.

Five overs earlier, Guillen had edged to slip off Siddiqui. Marlon Barclay (four) was ruled lbw in the last over of the day off Amarbir Hansra's last ball.

Earlier, Siddiqui topscored in a rearguard fight for the Canadians with 34. But he flicked to Kavesh Kantasingh at fine-leg off Yannick Cariah to bring his innings to an end.

Canadian middle order batsman Nitish Kumar was the nearest to Sidiqqui, scoring 22 from 41 balls.

T&T pacer Shannon Gabriel, with three for 35 from nine overs, ripped through the Canadian top order, accounting for Patel (17) with a screaming yorker before also proving too quick for Ruvindu Gunasekera (19) who edged through to wicketkeeper Ramdin.

Kavesh Kantasingh (two for 14) then had Usman Limbada (one) lbw and Hansra (seven), bowled cheaply.

Imran khan and Cariah also had two scalps each, Cariah's two wickets coming in the four balls he bowled for the innings.