Kennar Lewis glad to replace Chris Gayle

Jamaica Star article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Big-hitting opener Kennar Lewis said he was overcome with joy on hearing the news that he had been chosen to replace the injured Chris Gayle in Jamaica's squad for the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 tournament.

Lewis, a former national Under-19 representative, got the news last Friday, the same day Gayle was officially ruled out after failing to recover from a hamstring injury.

The 22-year-old Lewis, one of two batsmen in the national Super50 four-member reserve, was chosen ahead of out-of-favour Danza Hyatt.

Off-spinner Jamie Merchant and leg-spinner Donovan Nelson were the other reserves.

"When coach Bennett called me and told me that I was in team I was surprised and happy at the same time," said Lewis.

A Chance To Play

"I then immediately started to think about my game again, and how I would like to perform should I get a chance to play."

The muscular Lewis, who stands at six feet two inches, is set to make his second Super50 appearance having been a member of Jamaica's victorious team two seasons ago. The tournament, however, which was played in Guyana, would be one best forgotten by Lewis, who after making 28 on debut went on to score 16, six, 17 and zero, respectively.

"I did not perform as well as I could first time out," said Lewis, who in 2008 scored a century against Trinidad and Tobago, in Barbados, at the regional Under-19 level.

"I was pretty inexperienced and was playing at the regional level for the first time, and despite a few starts did not go on.

"I, however, feel a bit more confident and comfortable this time around and I now know what to expect and what to do."

Lewis, a native of Westmoreland, who represents Hanover CA in national tournaments, finished as the top runs getter in the five-match Super50 trials. His highest score was 98 made in the first game during which he batted for 46 overs.

The Super50 is set to bowl off on Thursday with Jamaica facing title-holders Windwards in the opener at Queen's Park Oval.

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 04:12