Caribbean Premier League 15th Match: Lewis and O’Brien demolish St Lucia

Lewis and O'Brien nearly finished the game off with their 129-run partnership

Lewis and O’Brien nearly won the game themselves with their 129-run partnership

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The Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel’s opening pair of Evin Lewis and Kevin O’Brien both scored half-centuries to demolish the St Lucia Zouks by nine wickets.

St Lucia captain Darren Sammy would have been regretting his decision to bat first after opening batsman Johnson Charles was stumped by Nicolas Pooran off the bowling of Samuel Badree for 15.

Andre Fletcher only made four runs before he was clean bowled by Badree.

South Africa all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe managed to make 21 runs before he was caught by Badree at third man off the bowling of Javon Searles.

Keddy Lesporis scored 20 runs before he was clean bowled by Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwayne Bravo.

Tonito Willett mustered 10 runs before he was caught by Ross Taylor at square leg off the bowling of Kevon Cooper.

Following Willett’s dismissal, St Lucia’s lower order completely collapsed as they went from 97/5 to 133/9.

St Lucia ended up finishing on 136/9 off their 20 overs thanks to Sammy’s unbeaten knock of 46, which came off 35 balls and included one boundary and four sixes.

Sammy smashed four sixes during his valiant knock of 46

Sammy smashed four sixes during his valiant knock of 46

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Badree was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Bravo, Cooper, Searles and Fidel Edwards chipped in with one wicket apiece.

NeedingĀ 137 to win, Lewis and O’Brien almost chased down the target by themselves as they amassed a 129-run partnership, during which Lewis brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Charles at midwicket off the bowling of Shane Shillingford.

Lewis’ outstanding knock of 77 came off 45 balls and included 12 boundaries and two sixes.

O’Brien went on to bring up his own half-century as Trinidad and Tobago crossed the finish line with 32 balls to spare.

O’Brien remained undefeated on 55 off 44 deliveries, which included three boundaries and three sixes.

Shillingford was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Lewis was named Man of the Match for his quickfire 77.

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