Bonner ton keeps Windies A safe

NORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – Nkrumah Bonner stroked an attractive century to help salvage a draw for West Indies A on the final day of the opening “Test” against Bangladesh A here Tuesday.

Unbeaten on 70 overnight, Bonner carried on to 127 as West Indies were eventually dismissed for 296 all out, after resuming on 198 for six.

Set 233 for victory, Bangladesh A were struggling at 30 for two before Jahurul Islam (41) and Raqibul Hasan (27) added 55 for the third wicket to see the visitors out of danger.

Pacers Andre Russell (2-26) and Nelson Pascal (2-36) grabbed two wickets apiece.

Ahead by just 134 runs at the start, Bonner and overnight partner Carlos Brathwaite, nine not out, stretched their seventh wicket stand to 62 before being separated.

Brathwaite, who made his international debut last month against Bangladesh, pushed on to make 28 before falling lbw to off-spinner Nasir Hossain (2-74).

Bonner then combined with captain Veerasammy Permaul (22) to frustrate the young Tigers in a 62-run, eighth wicket partnership that made the game safe for Windies A.

All told, Bonner faced 246 balls in an innings spanning five hours and 17 minutes, counting nine fours and two sixes.

With no realistic chance of reaching their target in two sessions, Bangladesh A were rocked early by the loss of openers Junaid Siddique (1) and Shuvagata Hom (12).

Siddique edged fast bowler Shannon Gabriel to Kyle Corbin at second slip while Shuvagata was lbw to Pascal.

However, Jahurul and Raqibul held up Windies A’s advance, posting their half-century stand off 112 balls in 79 minutes.

Russell accounted for both batsmen in quick succession but by that time, the Windies were out of time to grab a surprise result.

WEST INDIES A 1st Innings 358
(A. Russell 128; Kamrul Islam Rabbi 4-54)
BANGLADESH A 1st Innings 422
(Mominul Haque 150, Nasir Hossain 134; Shannon Gabriel 4-62)
WEST INDIES A 2nd Innings
(overnight 198 for six)
K. Corbin lbw b Jahurul Islam 17
R. Chandrika lbw b Suhrawadi Shuvo 13
D. Hyatt lbw b Suhrawadi Shuvo 0
J. Carter b Jahurul Islam 46
N Bonner c and b Jahurul Islam 127
+D. Thomas c Mominul Haque b Suhrawadi Shuvo 1
A. Russell c Shuvagata Hom b Nasir Hossain 30
C Brathwaite lbw b Nasir Hossain 28
*V Permaul lbw b Suhrawadi Shuvo 22
N Pascal c Shuvagata Hom b Suhrawadi Shuvo 0
S Gabriel not out 0
Extras (b4, lb1, nb7) 12
TOTAL (all out, 96 overs) 296

Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-31, 3-31, 4-131, 5-132, 6-171, 7-233, 8-295, 9-295, 10-296.

Bowling: Jahurul Islam 18-4-48-3 (nb5) Kamrul Islam Rabbi 11-1-54-0 (nb2), Suhrawadi Shuvo 26-5-81-5, Nasir Hossain 25-3-74-2, Noor Hossain 6-0-34-0.

BANGLADESH 2nd Innings
Junaid Siddique c Corbin b Gabriel 1
Shuvagata Hom lbw b Pascal 12
Jahurul Islam lbw b Russell 41
Raqibul Hassan b Russell 27
Mominul Haque c Hyatt b Pascal 13
Nasir Hossain not out 20
Mohammed Mithun not out 12
Extras (b4, nb5) 9
TOTAL (5 wkts, 53 overs) 135

Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-30, 3-85, 4-91, 5-106.

Bowling: Gabriel 10-1-25-1, Pascal 14-4-36-2, Brathwaite 9-3-16-0, Russell 10-3-26-2, Permaul 7-1-12-0, Bonner 3-0-16-0.

Result: Match drawn.
Man-of-the-Match: Andre Russell.
Umpires: L Kelly, C Mack.

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 19:33