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Lewis enjoying life at Tallawahs

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:11 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer

Former Jamaica and Windies youth captain, Ramaal Lewis, has been receiving rave reviews from his coach and players in the Jamaica Tallawahs set-up since the 23-year-old made his debut for his home franchise against the Trinbago Knight Riders.

The right-arm off-spinner and right-handed batsman has shown potential with the bat and the ball, and the Westmorland native says he is enjoying his time with his home franchise, having got his feet wet in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) previously.

“I feel great playing for the Tallawahs and getting the opportunity to get some CPL games under my belt,” he said. “I think I have been doing pretty well despite the team not doing as well as we would like, but I am looking forward to showcasing my skills in the remaining games.”

The bowling all-rounder says he has received tremendous support from veterans Chris Gayle and André Russell, and the encouragement has only motivated him to go on to do big things in the future.

“Both Chris (Gayle) and André (Russell) help me a lot,” he said. “They show me love, which gives me the confidence to go out and perform. They make me feel comfortable in the dressing room, and this has given me the drive to want to go out and give it my all every time.”

Lewis was once earmarked as a future leader in regional cricket, having captained the Windies Under-19 team at the ICC Youth World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2014, which featured players such as Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, and Brandon King, who now plays for the GAW, as well as Fabian Allen of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

With just a few games left in this year’s CPL, Lewis says he wants to continue to make an impact whenever he gets the opportunity.

“My aim is to get two or more wickets for under six runs an over whenever I bowl, and if I get the chance to bat, I want to be the one to finish games for my team,” he shared. “I have always been a confident player, and I always want to leave my mark whenever I go out on the park.”

The Tallawahs will hit the road for their remaining games in the CPL, with their next fixture being against the Barbados Tridents on Monday.