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West Indies Twenty20 cricket captain Darren Sammy warmed up for the upcoming T20 series in Sri Lanka with a masterful century last Saturday in Saint Lucian club cricket.
Sammy hit 157 to lead the New Park Lions Cricket Club to victory in the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association 50-overs club competition. The stroke-filled innings, inclusive of seven boundaries and a massive 12 sixes, propelled the Lions to a 70-run win over Aux Lyon of Mabouya Valley.
The 31-year-old West Indies skipper walked to the crease in the eighth over, with his team wobbling at 24/3. Together with long-time teammate Gaspard Prospere, who himself tallied an even 100, Samy put on 167 runs for the fourth wicket.
The man from Dugard also shared in a sixth wicket partnership of 108 with Shem Dornelly (11). New Park closed off their innings on 329/8 in 45 overs.
Former national fast bowler Parkus Alexander bagged 4-40 and Chad Polius 2-52.
Aux Lyon started off positively and at one stage were 86 without loss from 15 overs. However, the introduction off former national off spinner Bryan Calixte changed the course of the match, as he immediately dismissed the two opening batsmen, Chad Polius 29 and Denzil James 43.
Aux Lyon never recovered and despite a cameo 51 from Parkus Alexander at the end, Aux Lyon finished on 259/9. Tyrone ‘Ants’ Harris scalped 3-13, while Calixte and Dornelly picked up two wickets each.
Gaspard Prospere amassed the most runs for the competition, with 235, while Bryan Calixte picked up the most wickets, 18.
New Park received the winners cheque of $3,000, while Aux Lyon pocketed $1,500.