Powell steps up with hundred
NORTHAMPTON, England – Kieran Powell put to bed some of the doubts about the ability of the West Indies top-order batting on the tour of England, when he collected his second first-class hundred to lead a revival against the England Lions on Saturday here.
The 22-year-old Powell led the way with a polished 108 that anchored West Indies to 377 for eight in their second innings – a lead of 183 – at the close on the third day of the four-day, first-class tour match at Wantage Road.
Powell, dropped on 17 at gully off Matt Coles, reached his milestone from 217 balls, when he swept left-arm spinner Samit Patel and deep mid-wicket fielder James Brooks muffed a save, giving the batsman the last of his 13 fours.
The West Indies left-handed opener stroked the ball with crisp assurance throughout his near 5 ¼-hour innings which also contained one six from 235 balls.
He led a solid batting performance from West Indies that brought the visitors back into the game, after they trailed by 194 on first innings and started the day on 28 for three.
Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul supported with a typically circumspect 77, Darren Bravo scored 57, his second half-century of the match, Marlon Samuels made 44 and wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin chimed in with 31 not out in the closing stages.
The tall, easy-going Powell, a product of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre and the beneficiary of a two-year spell at the Millfield School in Somerset, never looked ruffled throughout his innings and shared consecutive century partnerships with fellow left-handers Bravo and Chanderpaul.
He shared 108 for the fourth wicket with Bravo, whose 92-ball knock in 2 ¼ hours included nine fours; and 126 for the fifth wicket with Chanderpaul, nine fours from 159 balls in close to three hours.
Powell and Bravo both passed the 50-run mark, batting through the first period to carry West Indies to 133 for three at lunch.
Bravo, dropped on 19 and 51, reached his 50 from 76 balls, when he lofted Patel for his ninth and last four straight, and Powell arrived at the landmark from 131 balls, when he flicked part-time off-spinner Joe Root to fine leg for a single.
Bravo, who made 57 in the first innings, was bowled behind his back in the second over after lunch, when he moved too far inside the line of a delivery from the headband-wearing Brooks and had his leg-stump extracted.
Chanderpaul came to the crease and brought his steadying influence, shepherding Powell to his hundred.
They continued to grow the West Indies lead with Chanderpaul reaching his 50 from 105 balls, when he drove Root through mid-off for two before Powell too, was bowled, when he essayed a cut at a delivery from Patel.
West Indies reached 260 for five at tea, but Samuels and Chanderpaul continued merrily after the break.
They were just beginning to get into the thick of things, when Chanderpaul was lbw offering no stroke to a delivery from the lively Stuart Meaker.
Samuels continued on the rampage, roughing up England hopeful Jade Dernbach, cracking him for a six over long-on and a few other meaty strokes in an over that cost 15, enlivening the final period of the second straight day blessed with sunshine, accompanied by chilling winds.
Samuels added 65 for seventh wicket with Ramdin before he miscued a pull and was caught at mid-on off Coles before Shane Shillingford was caught behind down the leg-side for 10, when he top-edged a hook at a short ball.
Brooks was the pick of the Lions’ bowlers with three wickets for 46 runs from 23 overs, while Meaker and Coles added two apiece.
The match is the final warm-up for West Indies before the first of three Tests against England, starting this coming Thursday at Lord’s.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 147
ENGLAND LIONS 1st Innings 341
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
(overnight 28 for three)
A. Barath lbw b Brooks 14
K. Powell b Patel 108
*K. Edwards lbw b Brooks 4
F. Edwards b Coles 0
D.M. Bravo b Brooks 57
S. Chanderpaul lbw b Meaker 77
M. Samuels c Brooks b Coles 44
+D. Ramdin not out 31
S. Shillingford c wkp Bairstow b Meaker 10
K. Roach not out 0
Extras (b3, lb23, w6) 32
TOTAL (8 wkts) 377
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Barath), 2-25 (K Edwards), 3-26 (F Edwards), 4-134 (Bravo), 5-256 (Powell), 6-289 (Chanderpaul), 7-354 (Samuels), 8-374 (Shillingford)
Bowling: Meaker 20-3-68-2, Brooks 23-8-46-3, Coles 23-4-69-2, Dernbach 17-5-58-0, Patel 20-2-76-1, Root 10-2-34-0.
Position: West Indies lead by 183 runs with two second innings wickets standing
Umpires: N. Bainton, S. Garratt