HPC, Zimbabwe play to tour-match draw
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Classy right-hander Vusi Sibanda grabbed the chance for precious match practice ahead of next week’s first Test with a fine half-century against the WICB’s High Performance Centre here Saturday.
Opening the batting, Sibanda top scored with 80 as the three-day tour match finished in a tame draw at the Desmond Haynes Oval.
Zimbabwe reached 209 for seven in their second innings, with first innings century-maker Hamilton Masakadza scoring an unbeaten 26, Keegan Meth getting 21 not out and captain Brendan Taylor scoring 20.
The 29-year-old Sibanda faced 108 balls in 157 minutes at the crease, striking 13 fours. He put on 47 for the second wicket with Taylor and a further 52 for the third wicket with Sean Williams who got 14.
Taylor was bowled around his legs sweeping at off-spinner Jermaine Blackwood while Williams was held off a brilliant return catch by leg-spinner Yannic Cariah (2-61) at 140 for three.
With no runs added, Sibanda succumbed to a catch at mid-off by Blackwood off left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (2-16), as Zimbabwe lost five wickets for 40 runs.
Earlier, the HPC were dismissed for 230 after resuming the final day on 213 for seven.
Cariah, unbeaten on 36, finished on 43 as leg-spinner Graeme Cremer wrapped up the innings by adding two scalps to his overnight tally to claim seven for 79.
ZIMBABWE 255 for eight decl. (Hamilton Masakadza 112, Malcolm Waller 64) and 209 for seven (Vusi Sibanda 80, Hamilton Masakadza 26 not out; Jomel Warrican 2-16, Yannic Cariah 2-61)
HPC 230 all out (Kyle Hope 62, Marlon Samuels 55, Yannic Cariah 43 not out, Jahmar Hamilton 37; Graeme Cremer 7-79)
ZIMBABWE 1st Innings 255 for eight decl.
HPC 1st Innings
(overnight 213 for seven)
A Fletcher lbw b Jarvis 0
T Griffith b Jarvis 7
M Samuels c Mawoyo b Cremer 55
*K Hope c Price b Cremer 62
J Blackwood c Waller b Cremer 0
K Lesporis c Waller b Cremer 13
+J Hamilton c Waller b Cremer 37
Y Cariah not out 43
J Dawes lbw b Cremer 0
J Warrican lbw b Cremer 0
M Cummins lbw b Chatara 2
Extras (b9, w2) 11
TOTAL (all out, 81.4 overs) 230
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-15, 3-89, 4-89, 5-127, 6-144, 7-212, 8-214, 9-214, 10-230.
Bowling: Jarvis 14-3-40-2, Meth 16-6-38-0, Chatara 9.4-3-36-1, Cremer 24-2-79-7, Price 16-8-23-0, Williams 2-1-5-0.
ZIMBABWE 2nd Innings
V Sibanda c Blackwood b Warrican 80
*B Taylor b Blackwood 20
S Williams c and b Cariah 14
T Maruma c Hamilton b Cariah 6
+R Chakabva st Lesporis b Warrican 10
H Masakadza not out 26
G Cremer run out 2
K Meth not out 21
Extras (b8, lb5, w1) 14
TOTAL (7 wkts, 66 overs) 209
Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-82, 3-140, 4-140, 5-150, 6-168, 7-180.
Bowling: Cotterrell 5-1-15-0, Cummins 7-1-28-1, Roach 7-4-11-0, Blackwood 7-0-29-1, Dawes 8-0-36-0, Cariah 17-6-61-2, Warrican 15-8-16-2.
Result: Match drawn.
Umpires: N Duguid, G Brathwaite.