London - Evin Lewis's quickfire fifty and economical bowling
from spinner Samuel Badree saw the West Indies to an emphatic 72-run victory
over the World XI in the Hurricane Relief Twenty20 Challenge at Lord's on
Lewis struck 58 off 26 balls, including five sixes and as
many fours in a West Indies' total of 199 for four with Marlon Samuels
contributing 43 and Denesh Ramdin 44 not out.
Badree then took two wickets in his first two overs for the
reigning World Twenty20 champions before finishing with figures of two for four
as the West Indies proved too strong for a World XI.
Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera made a fine half century, his 61
coming off 37 balls but the World XI never had any chance of winning this match
after slumping to eight for four.
But he was the only World XI player to score more than 12.
And, with Tymal Mills unable to bat, the World XI were all
out nine wickets down when Mitchell McClenaghan was dismissed with the team on
a total of 127.
Kesrick Williams took three for 42 and Andre Russell two for
24 in a charity match to raise funds to rebuild cricket grounds in Anguilla and
Dominica damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria that swept through the Caribbean
in September 2017.
World XI skipper captain Shahid Afridi donated $20 000 to
Hurricane relief from his foundation, while all the players donated their match
fees to the charity.
Afridi, who retired from mainstream international cricket
two years ago, received a guard of honour at Lord's.
"That's something I'll never forget," said the
big-hitting former Pakistan all-rounder.
"For that to happen at the home of cricket, it's
"The cause was everything tonight, and to have been
able to help, it's fantastic.
"Thanks to everyone who came out and supported
this," he added.
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite said: "For those
affected by the hurricanes, there have been people left homeless, and have had
their lives devastated.
"So it's important for those of us who can to be able
to use our profile for the greater good," he added.
"Hopefully there will be a psychological boost for the
communities, as well as obviously the money going into rebuilding, and
infrastructure and all those kinds of things."