Skipper rues missing ton

MYSORE, India – Opener Kraigg Brathwaite (92) and captain Kirk Edwards (91) led the West Indies A Team batting on the opening day of the first unofficial four-day “Test” match against India A.

The pair came together early in the day and batted brilliant to add 172 for the second wicket as Windies closed on 264-5 at the Gangotri Glades. Wicket-keeper Chadwick Walton will resume the second day on 26 and with his left-hander Assad Fudadin on four not out.

Speaking after the day’s play Edwards said his know required great patience.

“The pitch was a bit spongy in the beginning so it required a bit more patience. We had to get ourselves in and see that phase out. On the day I thought myself that if the guys were going to attack me then I am going to make use of their energy and let them bowl the short stuff at me. I just teased them a bit and took what was on offer later on,” he said.

After a slow start Edwards blossomed to hit 11 fours and a six off 162 balls. Brathwaite was watchful. He batted for close to five hours and hit 12 boundaries off 215 balls.

The 28-year-old expressed disappointment that he did not reach triple figures.

“Obviously I’m disappointed. It would’ve been nice for me and Kraigg to get a century because we did all the hard work. But it wasn’t to be. You have to just accept it and move on.”

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 12:17