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THE TRINIDAD and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) expects Evin Lewis to grasp the opportunity given to him and establish himself as a top class batsman in the shortest form of the game at the ICC World T20 tournament currently underway in India.
 
Lewis, 24, was last week drafted into the West Indies squad after fellow Trinidadian Lendl Simmons was forced to pull out because of a back injury. Simmons was the fourth Red Force cricketer to make himself unavailable for regional selection on the T20 team.
 
On Wednesday, president of the TTCB Azim Bassarath said he had high hopes for Lewis, an explosive opening batsman who is the most exciting cricketer on the national team whose audacious stroke-play can play a crucial role if West Indies are to reclaim the ICC T20 Trophy following their 2012 triumph four years ago in Sri Lanka.
 
“Evin has all the qualities to set the cricket world alight in India over the coming weeks. He is an exceptionally talented batsman who will not be overawed playing against more recognised cricketers at the World T20. We look forward to him leading the charge once selected in the final eleven,” said Bassarath.
 
The TTCB boss said that he met earlier this week with Lewis and assured him that the cricket board and all patriotic fans were overjoyed to learn of him being picked since the opportunity could not have come to a more deserving player.
 
Bassarath said that with the world watching on, Lewis will have a golden opportunity to showcase his immense talent which will open up doors for him to play cricket all over the world, enhance his reputation and fatten his pocket,” said Bassarath.
 
Lewis burst into the international spotlight late last year by being the only centurion of the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League T20 when the subcontinent first got a glimpse of his fearless shot-making capabilities.
 
He followed up his prolific form with a century in the victorious 2016 Nagico Super50 campaign in January at Shaw Park in Tobago, and rounded off his collection with a disclipined hundred for the Red Force in the ongoing Regional 4-Day Tournament.
 
“In the space of a few months Evin has showed that he has the temperament to make big scores in the three formats of the game and we know that he can extend his good form in the coming weeks which will bode well for the West Indies fortunes,” said Bassarath.
 
When the West Indies won the ICC World T20 in 2012, there were seven T&T players on the squad, but this year, four key members have ruled themselves out of contention because of various reasons.
 
Frontline batsman Darren Bravo opted to concentrate on Test cricket; Kieron Pollard is slowly recovering from a knee ailment; Sunil Narine is engaged in rehabilitating his bowling action after being banned by the ICC; and Simmons hurt his back in practice on the eve of the tournament.
 
The remaining T&T players in the squad are wicket-keeper DeneshRamdin,  inspirationalall-rounder Dwayne Bravo and world No 1 T20 bowler Samuel Badree. 
 
 
 
The 7th annual Daren Ganga Foundation (DGF) is set for March 26 at the Millennium Lakes Golf Course in Trincity. 
 
The tournament has become one of the most popular events on the local golf calendar as golfers.
 
Teams placing in the top 10 will be awarded highly attractive prizes including plane tickets, hotel accommodation, mobile phones, other electronic devices and hampers. 

W Connection move to second

W Connection cut Central FC's lead to six points after they beat Point Fortin Civic FF 1-0 on Friday at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
 
Connection moved to second after Defence Force slipped up again with a 2-1 loss to San Juan Jabloteh on Saturday at Barataria Recreation Ground.
 
Central FC have a game in hand.
 
In other scores, Police defeated Morvant/Caledonia United 2-1. 
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force is battling to avoid defeat against Barbados Pride at Couva.
 
Kraigg Braithwaite hit 123 in Barbados's 398 before T&T was bowled out for 226 with Kyle Hope hitting 77.
 
Following on, Trinidad and Tobago closed day three at 117 for 1, with Hope on 67 not out.
 
T&T are still 53 runs away from making Barbados Pride bat again with today being the final day of the contest.

Windie women lose to Australia

Windies women lost their World T20 warm-up match to Australia by 43 runs.
 
Australia put up 139/3 with Elyse Villani scoring 51.
 
Stacey Ann King hit 19 not out for the West Indies but they were bowled out for 96 in 19 overs.

Darren Sammy hit 50 off 28 balls to lead the West Indies to a thrilling three wicket victory over Australia in a World Cup warm-up match on Sunday.
 
West Indies were in trouble at 49/5 when Sammy came to the wicket but the St Lucian hit six fours and a six in his even 50 to take his team home. 
 
Earlier, Australia set West Indies 162 for victory after Shane Watson hit 60.
 
West Indies open their World Cup campaign against England on Wednesday at Mumbai. 
Machel Cedenio and Cleopatra Borel were named the Sportsman and Sportswomen of the Year 2015 at the First Citizen's Awards on Sunday night at Queen's Hall.
 
The pair also won the TTOC awards, while Cedenio was also triumphant at the NAAA awards. 

Cedenio won the 400 metre dash at the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League in Stockholm, Sweden with a time of 44.97 seconds.

He also took home gold in the 4x400m relay and silver in the 400m men's final at the Pan American Games.

Borel became the first woman and only the sixth Trinidad and Tobago athlete in history to strike gold at the Pan American Games. 

She joined cycling's triple gold medallist Roger Gibbon, swimming's two-time champion George Bovell, two other cyclists, Leslie King and Gene Samuel, and weightlifter Rodney Wilkes.
 
NAAA won the award for the best administration of 2015. 
Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart commenced preparations with a selection of home based professions on Monday morning at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium for Saturday's international friendly against Grenada in St George's.
 
Belgium-based midfielder Khaleem Hyland is expected to join the training on Tuesday as Hart conducts double sessions at the Manny Ramjohn and Ato Boldon Stadium.
 
Goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams suffered a dislocated shoulder while on duty with Central FC in Caribbean Club Championship and will not be involved in the fixture with Grenada.

Barbados beat T&T by 7 wickets

Barbados Pride beat Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by seven wickets in the Regional Four-Day tournament on Monday at Couva.
 
Set 71 for victory, Barbados got there for the loss of three wickets with Shai Hope getting 36 and Man of the Match Kraigg Braithwaite getting 31.
 
Earlier in the day, Trinidad and Tobago totalled 240 following on with Kyle Hope getting 76.
 
Barbados took 17 points from the encounter, while Trinidad and Tobago took three.
 
Barbados have now closed the gap on leaders Guyana Jaguars to seven points, with one match to go in the tournament. 
 
Guyana face Jamaica at Providence, while Barbados travel to St Kitts to face Leeward Islands.
 
Trinidad and Tobago face Windward Islands from Friday at Couva. 

West Indies vs England in World T20

West Indies face England in the World T20 World Cup on Tuesday night at Mumbai.
 
The Windies have eight members of the team that won the 2012 tournament, while England skipper Eion Morgan is the only member of the 2010 championship-winning campaign.
 
Darren Sammy said that the West Indies have an excellent chance to win the tournament. 
 
Here is Cricinfo's preview of the West Indies chances:
 

Till Shamar Springer rolled his chest rhythmically, there was Chris Gayle and co. galloping to the Gangnam Style, having won their maiden World T20 crown, their first world title in 33 years.

Four years on, the core of that 2012 batch remains intact. But there are many questions Darren Sammy and his band of merry men will have to answer if they are to repeat the 2012 feat. The biggest weakness for West Indies is a batting line-up that is powerful on paper, but low on returns and inconsistent in form.

Only Gayle, their best batsman, emerges unscathed. In his 43 T20I innings, Gayle has scored 1406 runs at an average of 35.15 and a strike rate of 142.60. Contrast that with Marlon Samuels, who was the Man of the Match in the 2012 final, but has scored just one half-century in his last 12 T20I innings. He has not played any T20 cricket since the Bangladesh Premier League last November.

Denesh Ramdin is the other batsman who is struggling. If not for his wicketkeeping, he might have found it hard to retain his place. In 34 T20I innings, he has managed 385 runs at an average of 16.73, which is the lowest among all wicketkeepers who have played 20 or more T20I innings. The other specialist batsmen, Johnson Charles (22 T20I innings, 463 runs at 21.04), Andre Fletcher (24, 427 at 19.40) have been equally inconsistent.

West Indies' biggest strength remains their quartet of allrounders: Dwayne Bravo, Sammy, Carlos Braithwaite and Andre Russell. These four can destroy bowling attacks mercilessly as Sammy showed in the second warm-up match against Australia in Kolkata which West Indies won. In the absence of Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard, these four men will also take the responsibility of leading the bowling attack.

As Sammy has been saying, this tournament is the last chance to win big. For him. For Gayle. For Bravo. For Samuels. And, probably, even Russell, who is battling knee problems. These men have at times been labelled bandits for choosing lucrative T20 leagues over representing West Indies. Will they now help West Indies loot the ransom at the World T20? If so, it would be worth watching how they attempt to outdo the "Springer roll".

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