Brilliant Lewis too much for Scorpions
SCARBOROUGH, Tobago (CMC):
Left-hander Evin Lewis struck his maiden regional one-day hundred as Trinidad and Tobago Red Force put themselves on the verge of a semi-final spot with a dominant seven-wicket win over Jamaica Scorpions in the Regional Super50 here yesterday.
Playing at Shaw Park, Red Force restricted Scorpions to 176 all out off 49.4 overs and then easily chased down their target off 38.5 overs, with Lewis carving out 102 before retiring hurt.
He posted an entertaining 148 for the first wicket with Barbadian Kyle Hope, who made 43, a partnership that killed off the game as a contest and negated any ideas Scorpions had of making a comeback.
Lewis faced 102 deliveries and smashed eight fours and six sixes, while the right-handed Hope supported in a knock that came from 82 deliveries and included three fours.
Antiguan Devon Thomas had earlier top-scored with 70, while Brandon King got 32 as Scorpions rallied to their eventual score after slumping to 41 for four in the 19th over.
Jon Ros Jagessar hurt the innings with a spell of four for 32, while fellow off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine claimed three for 34.
The victory ensured Red Force remained unbeaten and it stretched their lead at the top of Group A, where they sit with 17 points.
Scorpions remained second on 10 points, with third-placed Barbados Pride poised to narrow the gap, once they beat ICC Americas in the other Group A encounter, which ended last night.
*J Campbell c Lewis b Deonarine 17
J Harrison b Emrit 6
J Blackwood c Lewis b Deonarine 10
A McCarthy c Richards b Deonarine 6
D Thomas run out 70
B King c Y Ottley b Hosein 32
+A Thomas c Hope b Jagessar 14
S Cottrell not out 13
N Miller c Hope b J Jagessar 0
D Jacobs st Katwaroo b Jagessar 3
N Gordon st Katwaroo b Jagessar 3
Extras (w2) 2
TOTAL (all out, 49.4 overs) 176
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-29, 3-34, 4-41, 5-85, 6-150, 7-158, 8-160, 9-166, 10-176.
Bowling: Emrit 10-1-37-1, Jagessar 8.4-0-32-4 (w2), Deonarine 10-0-34-3, Hosein 7-2-31-1, Y Ottley 8-0-26-0.
E Lewis ret. hurt 102
K Hope c Jacobs b McCarthy 43
K Ottley c Thomas b Jacobs 4
*J Mohammed lbw b McCarthy 3
N Deonarine not out 8
Y Ottley not out 10
Extras (b2, lb2, w3) 7
TOTAL (3 wkts, 38.5 overs) 177
Did not bat: R Emrit, A Hosein, +S Katwaroo, J Jagessar, Imran Khan.
Fall of wickets: 1-156, 2-166, 3-166.
Bowling: Cottrell 5-1-22-0 (w1), Gordon 1-0-8-0 (w1), Miller 6-0-44-0 (w1), Campbell 10-1-40-0, Jacobs 10-1-40-1, McCarthy 6.5-1-19-2.
Result: Red Force won seven wickets.
Points: Red Force 5, Scorpions 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Evin Lewis.
Umpires: L Reifer, N Shivsankar.