KINGSTON–Evin Lewis's maiden first class 100 headlined a convincing T&T Red Force win as they predictably trounced Jamaica Scorpions by eight wickets yesterday.
The visitors needed just 55 minutes on the final day of the seventh round encounter at Sabina Park, to complete a successful run chase, overhauling the 175 required for victory to finish on 178 for two.Left-hander Lewis, unbeaten on 66 overnight, made 104 while Barbadian right-hander Kyle Hope steered his side home with an unbeaten 27.
The 24-year-old Lewis faced 167 balls and struck nine fours and a six in an innings spanning three hours while Hope batted 102 balls and in nearly two hours and struck a single six.Resuming the day on 113 for one, Red Force benefitted from the enterprise of Lewis and Hope as they extended their second wicket partnership to 102 before being separated.
Lewis brought up his hundred off 160 deliveries but lasted just seven more before he was bowled by part-time off-spinner Andre McCarthy, with Red Force on the verge of victory at 168 for two.Lewis, who top-scored with 87 in the first innings, was voted Man-of-the-Match.
The defeat was the second for Scorpions following a similar disappointing result against Leeward Islands Hurricanes last week in Antigua.For Red Force, the win marked only their second in seven matches this season.
Jamaica Scorpions vsT&T Red Force
SCORPIONS 1st Inns 225
RED FORCE 1st Inns 206
SCORPIONS 2nd Inns 155
RED FORCE 2nd Inns (o/n 113-1)
E Lewis b McCarthy 104
J Solozano c Miller
b Campbell 19
K Hope not out 27
Y Cariah not out 6
Extras ((b1, lb18, w1, nb2) 22
TOTAL (2 wkts, 56 overs) 178
Fall of wickets: 1-66, 2-168.
Bowling: Cottrell 5-0-19-0 (nb1), Mindley 3-0-15-0 (w2), Miller 19-4-39-0, Campbell 14-3-41-1, Jacobs 10-3-25-0, D Thomas 2-0-9-0, McCarthy 3-0-11-1.
Result: Red Force beat Scorpions by eight wickets.
Points: Red Force 16, Scorpions 4
Man-of-the-match: Evin Lewis.