Kershaski John Lewis was sporting a broad smile as he walked off the field after making the highest-ever Bradford Premier League individual score.

The 21-year-old from Dominica in the West Indies made 237 not out for Carlton as they scored a thumping 217-run win at Jer Lane in Championship Two.

John Lewis struck 25 fours and 17 sixes as he beat the previous best of 227no set by Alex Lees for Lightcliffe against Bradford & Bingley in 2017.

John Lewis, who was a late replacement after Carlton’s original overseas player was refused a visa, is certainly proving a shrewd choice.

The West Indian was playing only his third innings in England and during his record-breaking knock he surpassed his previous best of 160.

While celebrating with his jubilant Carlton colleagues, John Lewis spoke of his pride at setting a new league record.

“I was hitting the ball well from the start and just as I have in my other innings, I felt confident. I had a good season back home and I have just been able to carry on the same way.

“I gave one chance in the sixties and another when I had 130, but it went well for me. The ball was hitting the middle of my bat.”

John Lewis had to cope with a rain break when the league record was in sight. “When we came off the players told me I had broken the club record and needed four for the league record.

“When we got back on I managed to get there. I am so happy.”

Carlton cricket chairman Philip Hulme is delighted with his new recruit. He said: “I am so pleased for him. He is a tremendous lad who has settled in and become a very popular figure on and off the field.

“I am really grateful to the cricketing friend who recommended him to me when our overseas player could not come. He told me about Kershaski, who is a top amateur player in Dominica, and we arranged to bring him over.

“We managed to arrange for him to stay with a friend in Bradford and he has settled in quickly.

“He had never been to England before, but you wouldn’t know it. He has made a huge impact and we are all going to celebrate his record with him.”

CRICKET WEST INDIES AND CRICKET

 

 ST, JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Ricky Skerritt welcomed Cricket Canada’s President Ranjit Saini to Antigua and paid tribute to the longstanding friendship between West Indies and Canada cricket.

President Saini was hosted at a dinner meeting by President Skerritt Monday night and he then met with CEO Johnny Grave Tuesday to update the existing Memorandum of Understanding, designed to strengthen partnerships between both cricket organizations.

The current partnership has seen teams from Canada participate in the CWI’s Men’s Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup, as well as the recent CWI Girls Under 19 Tournament held in Trinidad.

The Cricket Canada President also updated CWI on his organization’s plans for the upcoming second edition of the Global T20 Tournament and CricketFest, to be hosted in Toronto.  Both CWI and Cricket Canada agreed to generate a new and expanded partnership in the forthcoming months, that will see more collaboration and participation of players and administrators in cricket, at CWI and Cricket Canada events.

President Skerritt expressed pleasure at the visit and welcomed the intended collaboration saying, “Cricket Canada and Cricket West Indies have shared a productive and brotherly relationship within the ICC Americas system for many years. All concerned can be assured that this relationship can only get stronger.”

Presidents Skerritt and Saini also visited the CCG High Performance Centre and spent time with the West Indies Women’s team who were training in preparation for an upcoming overseas tour to Ireland and England.