Bravo makes 51 as WI slump
NORTHAMPTON, England – A half-century from Darren Bravo propped up West Indies batting against England Lions on Thursday in their final dress rehearsal before the first Test next week.
Bravo led the way with 51 and Marlon Samuels made 32, but no other batsman reached 20, as West Indies were bowled out for 147 in their first innings on the opening day of the four-day, first-class tour match at Wantage Road.
The left-handed Bravo looked in fine touch, a few imperious cover drives for two of his nine boundaries was clear evidence, and he put on 75 for the fourth wicket with the equally languid Samuels that added some beef to the total in between two short stoppages for rain.
Fidel Edwards then gave West Indies an early breakthrough, but they failed to make further inroads into the Lions’ batting, as the home team reached 40 for one when bad light stopped play early.
Edwards trapped Joe Root lbw for three in his second over, trapping the opener plumb in front playing back and across to a shooter.
Earlier, West Indies, sent in to bat on a helpful pitch, slumped to 29 for four, after the start was delayed by an hour due to a soggy outfield caused by overnight rain.
Adrian Barath was caught at third slip off Jack Brooks for eight, edging a perfectly pitched out-swinger; fellow opener Kieron Powell was caught behind for two off Jade Dernbach, nibbling at a delivery outside the off-stump; and stand-in captain Kirk Edwards was caught at second slip off Brooks, also nibbling outside off-stump.
West Indies were 16 for three, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined Bravo and tried to stem the fall of wickets before he miscued an uncharacteristic pull and was caught at mid-wicket for six.
Samuels, fresh from the Indian Premier League, came to the crease and with Bravo got on top of the bowling with some elegant stroke-play in between periods of consolidation.
West Indies reached 51 for four at lunch, but Bravo and Samuels emerged to continue the revival before the visitors slumped to 141 for eight at tea.
Bravo reached his 50 from 86 balls with the last of his boundaries before he too, was caught at mid-wicket, when he miscued a pull at a short, rising delivery from Stuart Meaker.
He triggered a wobble that saw Samuels, Shane Shillingford and Denesh Ramdin all depart before the break to disciplined, if not menacing bowling from the Lions.
West Indies’ tail failed to wag after the break, as the Lions bowlers quickly wrapped – Brooks finished with three wickets for 23 runs from 13 overs, Meaker grabbed three for 42 from 12 overs, Dernbach two for 31 from 12.5 overs, and Matt Coles two for 42 from 11 overs.
West Indies face England in the first of three Tests, starting next Thursday at Lord’s.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
A. Barath c Compton b Brooks 8
K. Powell c wkpr Bairstow b Dernbach 2
*K. Edwards c Bell b Brooks 0
D.M. Bravo c Brooks b Meaker 51
S. Chanderpaul c Brooks b Coles 6
M. Samuels c wkpr Bairstow b Meaker 32
+D. Ramdin c Root b Coles 17
S. Shillingford b Meaker 2
K. Roach lbw b Brooks 13
R. Rampaul c wkpr Bairstow b Dernbach 5
F. Edwards not out 0
Extras (b1, lb8, w2) 11
TOTAL (all out) 147
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Barath), 2-16 (Powell), 3-16 (K Edwards), 4-29 (Chanderpaul), 5-104 (Bravo), 6-117 (Samuels), 7-123 (Shillingford), 8-131 (Ramdin), 9-147 (Roach)
Bowling: Dernbach 12-4-31-2, Brooks 13-7-23-3, Meaker 12-2-42-3, Coles 11-0-42-2
ENGLAND LIONS 1st Innings
M. Carberry not out 15
J. Root lbw b F. Edwards 3
N. Compton not out 18
Extras (nb4) 4
TOTAL (1 wkt) 40
I. Bell, *J. Taylor, S. Patel, +J. Bairstow, M. Coles, C. Meaker, J. Brooks, J. Dernbach to bat
Fall of wicket: 1-6 (Root)
Bowling: F. Edwards 4-1-10-1, Rampaul 6-1-20-0, Roach 3.1-1-10-0
Position: England Lions trail by 107 with nine first innings wickets standing.
Umpires: N. Bainton, S. Garratt