Although the crowd for J’Ouvert seems to be smaller than previous years, Port-of-Spain’s Mayor Joel Martinez said he expected the crowd to get bigger over the two days of Carnival.
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Lewis puts water in PowerGen’s eyes
Still smarting from losing him for the upcoming local cricket season, PowerGen had to sit and watch Evin Lewis take a game from them that was almost in the bag, with a breathtaking 118 on Sunday night.
Playing in the UWI T20 tournament at SPEC in St Augustine, PowerGen would have started as favourites to win the match and even more so, when they posted 224/5 in 20 overs batting first. However, Lewis was for once not in their ranks and he made them pay.
He cracked 118 off just 51 balls to take his adopted club Jenexcon Tableland to a four-wicket win. After losing William Perkins and Kenton Thompson both for “ducks” without a run on the board, it seemed as if PowerGen would take the win but Lewis had other ideas. Using his knowledge of his former mates bowling, he rushed off the blocks quickly and posted his half-century off 21 balls.
He got support from skipper and former national player Lincoln Roberts and they rebuilt the innings. Lewis’ hundred came up off just 40 balls and in the end when he was dismissed by Varoun Samaroo for 188, he had faced 51 balls, striking 13 sixes and five fours. Roberts and Brent Harriot, another former PowerGen player, stayed to the end to bring home the win. Roberts was left unbeaten on 53 off 37 balls with three sixes and four fours, while Harriot made 22 not out off eight balls with three sixes.
Earlier, Nicholas Sookdeosingh hammered 81 off 52 balls with three sixes and 11 fours to lead the Penal boys. Also giving good support was captain Gregory Mahabir with 48 not out off 23 balls inclusive of two sixes and seven fours and Sherwin Ganga, who counted 47 off 28 balls with four sixes and two fours.
Fans showing up for this match got full value for their money, as a total of 33 sixes were struck on the night.
In other matches yesterday, Caldrac Sports club got the better of UWI by 40 runs. Batting first, Caldrac scored 155 for eight off their 20 overs with Ryan Campbell getting 45, Neil Williams 30 and Franklyn Rouse 27. UWI in return struggled and finally reached 115 all out.
Moosai Sports was also on winners row, as they humbled Prisons by 31 runs. Batting first, Moosai Sports made 137 for eight with Akeil Cooper making 30 and Stephan Wharwood 25.
Prisons then struggled to 107 all out as K Earle and A Geban each took three wickets.
PowerGen 224/5 (20)(N Sookdeosingh 81, G Mahabir 48no, S Ganga 47, Kenton Thompson 3/34) vs Tableland 227/6 (20)(Evin Lewis 118, L Roberts 53no, B Harriot 22no, V Samaroo 3/41)—Tableland won by 4 wkts.
Caldrac Sports 155/8 (20)(R Campbell 45, N Williams 30, F Rouse 27, D Wells 4/29, R Churaman 2/36) vs UWI 115 all out (A Alleyne 38, Mark Deyal 4/18, Dane Teelucksingh 2/30)—Caldrac won by 40 runs.
Moosai Sports 137/8 (20)(A Cooper 30, S Wharwood 25) vs Prisons 107 all out (K Earle 3/10, A Geeban 3/12)—Moosai Sports won by 30 runs.