Bishop: One of Lewis’ best knocks
Opener Evin Lewis struck 74 off 71 balls as Trinidad & Tobago defeated Jamaica by 84 runs at Queen’s Park Oval. Lewis propelled his side to a speedy start after electing to bat, before a middle-order collapse had the hosts fall to 119 for 6 before the halfway point of the innings.
A lower-order revival was led by Rayad Emrit and Marlon Richards, who scored 43 and 31 respectively to get T&T past 200. Legspinner Damion Jacobs finished with 3 for 40 as Jamaica restricted T&T to 137 in 47.2 overs. Richards continued his solid match by ripping out the Jamaica middle order to claim 5 for 36 as the visitors were eventually bowled out for 137 in the 43rd over.
Barbados held off a gritty ICC Americas upset bid to win by four wickets in St Augustine. The Americas squad opted to bat first and were in trouble at the 30-over mark at 110 for 8 before Alex Amsterdam‘s 73 off 87 balls propped up his side to a total of 183 in 43.1 overs.
Amsterdam received support from tailender Hammad Shahid with the pair putting on 66-run stand for the ninth wicket before Sulieman Benn claimed both men to wrap up the innings. The left-arm spinner was named Man of the Match for his 4 for 40.
Barbados were in trouble at 125 for 6 in 32 overs after legspinner Timil Patel burrowed into the middle order with a pair of wickets. However, a composed effort from Jonathan Carter – an unbeaten 55 off 84 balls – helped Barbados across the line. Carter and Justin Greaves put on an unbroken 59-run seventh-wicket partnership to see Barbados to victory with 7.1 overs to spare.
In Group B, Windward Islands kicked off their campaign with a narrow one-run win by D/L Method over Guyana in St Kitts. Devon Smith starred for Windwards with 91 at the top of the innings after being sent in. Smith put on 84 runs with Sunil Ambris for the fourth wicket in what turned out to be a vital partnership in Windwards’ total of 214.
Gudakesh Motie took 3 for 32 while fellow spinner Steven Jacobs took 3 for 40 opening the bowling for Guyana. Assad Fudadin scored an unbeaten 44 in Guyana’s D/L adjusted target of 123 in 26 overs. Guyana finished on 122 for 4 with Raymon Reifer alongside Fudadin on 18 not out falling just short of the par score when play ended.
Leeward Islands split points with Combined Campuses & Colleges in a match with no result after rain ended play at Warner Park with just 38 overs of the first innings. Nkrumah Bonner led the way with 65 off 69 balls for Leewards after electing to bat while Ryan Hinds took two wickets in the field for CCC before play was halted at 187 for 5.
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo