West Indies veterans level series against England veterans

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Allrounder Rawl Lewis hit an aggressive half century and helped West Indies Veterans level their two-match Twenty20 series against England in the 5th Grenada Cricket Classics on Sunday.

Beaten by seven runs in the opening game on Saturday, West Indies won the second match by 38 runs at the Grenada National Stadium. Lewis a top-scored with 59 as West Indies scored 146 for six off 18 overs and England were restricted to 108 for seven off 18 overs in reply.

The match was reduced from 20 overs a side because of rain.

Lewis, the captain of the Windward Islands and who toured South Africa with the West Indies earlier this year, entertained  the crowd with a variety of  drives and pull shots. He smashed five sixes and four fours and was particularly severe on Peter Such, who had engineered England’s win – with three wickets -- in the first game. Lewis lashed the off-spinner for 28 runs in the final over of the West Indies innings.

Richie Richardson (19), Franklyn Stephenson, Sir Vivian Richards and Keith Arthurton with 18 each, and Junior Murray (13) were the next best contributors to the West Indies total.

When England replied, they were constantly bogged by the West Indies bowlers and in the end, hardly threatened the target. The visitors’ hopes of a victory faded when Steve Rhodes, who got a top score of 37 and Phillip DeFreitas (34) were dislodged.

Keith Arthurton was the pick of the West Indies’ bowling with three for 11 while Lewis, Stephenson, Kenneth Benjamin, Jimmy Adams, and Franklyn Stephenson picked up a wicket each.