Left-handed opener Evin Lewis and right-handed middle-order batsman Jason Mohammed geared up for the NAGICO Super50 with half-centuries in Saturday’s North/South 50-over match at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
South won by 30 runs.
Lewis slammed 73 off 87 balls while Mohammed made 84 off 77 to lead South to a competitive 245 off 49.5 overs after their skipper Denesh Ramdin won the toss and elected to bat first.
North replied with 215 all out off 44.5 overs with some of the Trinidad and Tobago national players also getting some runs ahead of the Super50 which bowls off on Thursday at the Oval.
When South batted, Lewis and Adrian Barath threatened to put a massive score on the board, sharing a 115-run stand for the first wicket before the innings started to fall apart.
Leg-spinner Yannic Cariah grabbed two wickets in two balls to break the partnership and get his team back in the match.
He sent back Lewis and Imran Khan (zero) before trapping Ramdin lbw for eight, while Lendl Simmons removed Barath for 47 as South slipped to 135 for four.
Mohammed picked up where Lewis left off, slamming five sixes and four fours to boost the total towards the end.
Darren Bravo was one of the players on the losing side that looked solid at the crease. He scored just two runs off the first two overs he faced before smacking left-arm spinner Derone Davis for a four and two sixes off successive deliveries.
Bravo had faced 43 balls when he was stumped by Ramdin off the bowling of Sherwin Ganga for 29.
Kevon Cooper also connected with some big shots, hitting Yannick Ottley for a pair of sixes before becoming one of Davis’ four victims. Cariah (26) and Richards (29) fought towards the end but could not bring home the win.
T&T coach Kelvin Williams was pleased with the performances of his charges ahead of the competition. However, he believes that today’s warm-up match against defending Super50 champions Windward Islands at Sir Frank Worrell Ground in St Augustine will give a better indicator of his team’s readiness for the tournament.
“I thought it was good preparation. That game was ideal for what should be expected in the tournament coming up,” said Williams.
The coach noted that Dwayne Bravo returned from Australia on Friday night and will lead the team today while Sunil Narine is expected to link up with the squad for their second match of the tournament.
Williams added that pacer Ravi Rampaul will play in the Super50 despite being rested for the North/South game and today’s warm-up.
South vs North
A Barath lbw Simmons 47
E Lewis c Guillen b Cariah 73
I Khan lbw Caria 0
D Ramdin lbw Cariah 8
J Mohammed c wk Balgobin b Emrit 84
Y Ottley run out 4
S Ganga c Jaipaul b Emrit 3
R Lachana c sub Cruickshank b Jaipaul..11
D Davis c Cariah b Cooper 6
T Robertson c wk Balgobin b Emrit 0
S Gabriel not out 3
Extras (lb 1, w 5) 6
TOTAL (all out; 49.5 overs) 245
Wickets at: 115 (Lewis), 115 (Khan), 131 (Barath), 135 (Ramdin), 157 (Ottley), 171 (Ganga), 198 (Lachana), 225 (Davis), 227 (Robertson), 245 (Mohammed)
BOWLING: Cooper 10-2-52-1; Richards 6-0-35-0 (1w); Emrit 9.5-0-40-3 (1w); Jaipaul 4-0-36-1; Simmons 10-0-37-1 (3w); Cariah 10-1-44-3
North innings (Target: 246)
L Simmons c Gabriel b Robertson 11
J Guillen c wk Ramdin b Khan 40
D Bravo st wk Ramdin b Ganga 29
P Nicholas lbw Davis 14
J Augustus lbw Ottley 15
K Cooper c Ottley b Davis 34
Y Cariah c Ganga b Ottley 26
R Emrit c Barath b Khan 9
M Richards c Ottley b Davis 29
A Balgobin not out 1
R Jaipaul b Davis 0
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 5) 7
TOTAL (all out; 44.5 overs) 215
Wickets at: 22 (Simmons), 84 (Guillen), 84 (Bravo), 110 (Augustus), 146 (Nicholas), 153 (Cooper), 165 (Emrit), 214 (Cariah), 214 (Richards), 215 (Jaipaul)
BOWLING: Gabriel 7-1-22-0; Robertson 5-0-24-1 (2w); Davis 8.5-0-49-4; Ganga 8-2-36-1; Khan 10-0-44-2 (3w); Ottley 6-0-38-2
Toss: Won by South who elected to bat
Result: South won by 30 runs
Umpires: Z Bassarath & K Kowlesser