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August 31, 2006
Darren Sammy XI 146 for 5 (Dowlin 54, Willett 26, Pollard 2-21) Rawl Lewis XI 126 (Crandon 42, Pollard 39, Nagamootoo 2-3)
Despite a blistering 42 from Esuan Crandon, Rawl Lewis XI fell 20 runs short of victory against Darren Sammy's XI in the second practice match of the Stanford Super Stars squad training camp.
Travis Dowlin led the way for the Sammy XI, scoring a brisk 54 off 39 balls. He was supported by Tonito Willett of Nevis (26), and Sylvester Joseph (24) as the side posted 146 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.
Lewis XI were stalled early in their chase by a sound opening spell by Jerome Taylor, the West Indies fast bowler, who conceded only 16 runs off his four overs and also picked up a wicket. Mahendra Nagamootoo, the former West Indies legspinner, was almost unplayable throughout his spell, conceding just three runs in his 3.5 overs, grabbed two wickets.
Lewis XI were further stalled as their batsmen failed to build partnerships. Kieron Pollard though was the only batsman to lend significant support to Crandon, scoring 39 off 21 balls with six fours and two sixes. Crandon bludgeoned Sammy in the last of his three overs - in which he conceded 20 runs - slamming two consecutive sixes and a four. Sammy had the last laugh, as he had Crandon caught by Taylor to effectively end the run chase.
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