Chasing a target of 137, Red Steel romped home in 14.4 overs after O’Brien (55* off 44 balls) and Lewis (77 off 45) hammered 129 for the opening wicket in 13.5 overs. The win opened up a two-point for Red Steel at the top of the table. It was Lewis’ second successive fifty, while for Irish import O’Brien it was his second of season two.
The foundations for victory were laid in the field, when led by Samuel Badree (2/13) and Kevon Cooper (1/22), Red Steel kept St Lucia to 136 for 9 in 20 overs. Only skipper Darren Sammy, with an unbeaten 44 off 35 balls, no batsman could really impose themselves.
Lewis, an aggressive top-order batsman who topped the run chars in the 2013 Champions League T20 with 211 at 42.20, said he was targetting a place in West Indies’ setup. “I definitely have West Indies aspirations. Always had,” Lewis said. “That never changed. Luckily for me, the last couple games, the bowlers have been putting it [the ball] in my scoring spots so that’s made it easier for me but I just want to keep going out there and keep doing my best. Yesterday we batted first and today we chased, so when we bat doesn’t matter because I just want to go out there and keep giving it my best. Not just for T20s but also hopefully, in Tests.”