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T&T start strong against Leewards

By Roger Seepersad

Trinidad and Tobago opening batsman Evin Lewis scored his maiden first-class half century before he was given out for handling the ball just before the tea interval on the first day of the Regional Four-day tournament day/night game against the Leeward Islands at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain last evening.

Lewis hit 78 off 165 balls including 11 fours and a six as the T&T batsmen in general delivered for the better part of the first day as they went into the tea interval on 178 for two, with Darren Bravo also hitting a half century, heading into the break on 60 not out off 135 balls with four fours and two sixes.

Earlier, T&T skipper Rayad Emrit won the toss and elected to bat first and immediately, his opening batsmen Adrian Barath and Lewis applied pressure on the Leewards bowling, putting on 56 runs for the first wicket in the first hour of play.

Barath hit 24 off 63 balls before he tried to sweep Justin Athanaze and edged behind to wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton shortly after the first drinks break.

Bravo joined Lewis and they took the score to 101 at lunch and after the break, the partnership flourished into a 105-run stand before Lewis was given out in a very rare mode of dismissal, but not before bringing up his 50 off 101 balls with ten fours.

Lewis  played a defensive shot against off-spinner Athanaze, with the ball bouncing on the ground in front of him. The batsman caught the ball as it bounced back up and then dropped it back onto the ground. The Leeward Islands fielders appealed and the umpires consulted and sent Lewis on his way.

Bravo faced 114 balls for his 50, hitting four fours and a six and he and Jason Mohammed (nine not out) took T&T to tea without further damage.

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