WI bats find form ahead of Bangladesh
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - West Indies batsmen, Kirk Edwards and Kieran Powell scored half centuries yesterday as the regional side played out a tame draw against the Sagicor High Performance Centre (HPC) on the final day of their three-day training match at 3Ws Oval, Barbados.
Edwards, who had a wretched tour of England earlier this year when he scored just 20 runs in eight innings, finally got some runs under his belt, scoring 72 as the regional side enjoyed the better of day three.
Edwards' innings followed up some good work from Powell, whose 61 at the top of the order gave West Indies a good platform to build on.
West Indies, continuing from an overnight position of 39 without loss after 18 overs, closed the final day of the training match on 261 for five off 87 overs with Darren Bravo also getting among the runs, falling just two runs short of what would have been his second half century of the match.
Bravo, who scored 57 in the regional side's first innings total of 220 for nine declared, made 48 yesterday as Darren Sammy's men closed off the match on a high.
Middle-order batsman Narsingh Deonarine scored 24 not out, while his Guyana teammate Assad Fudadin, who opened the innings with Powell, made 20.
Sunil Narine was on ten not out when the match ended.
Jomel Warrican was the best bowler for the HPC, taking two for 59 from 20 overs. HPC skipper Carlos Brathwaite was also among the wicket-takers with one for 40 from 13 overs, while Miguel Cummins took one for 30 from nine overs.
Trinidad and Tobago's Yannic Cariah bowled 17 overs for 55 runs without taking a wicket.
While the West Indies batting looked solid in the second innings yesterday, their bowling department took a big hit when their leading bowler this year, pacer Kemar Roach was ruled out of the tour with a hamstring injury.
Roach has been replaced by fellow Barbados pacer Fidel Edwards, who has taken 158 wickets in 54 Tests.
The regional cricketers leave for Bangladesh tomorrow to play two Tests, five One Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International.
The first Test will be played from November 13 to 17 at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, in Mirpur.
WEST INDIES 220/9 declared (Darren Bravo 57; Miguel Cummins 3/21) & 261/5 (Kirk Edwards 72, Kieran Powell 61, Darren Bravo 48; Jomel Warrican 2/59) vs HPC 181 all out (Kyle Pope 55, Andre Fletcher 39; Veerasammy Permaul 4/37, Sunil Narine 3/48)–Match Drawn
West Indies squad–Darren Sammy (captain), Denesh Ramdin (vice captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Assad Fudadin, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Fidel Edwards.
Support staff–Ottis Gibson (head coach), Toby Radford (assistant coach), Richie Richardson (team operations manager), CJ Clark (physiotherapist), Hector Martinez (strength & conditioning coach), Richard Berridge (performance analyst), Virgil Browne (massage therapist), Adriel "Woody" Richard (media relations manager).
Bangladesh Tour Schedule
8-10: Tour match–BKSP Ground, Savar
13-17: First Test–Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur
21 to-25: Second Test–Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna
28: Tour match–Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna
30: First One-day International– Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna
2: Second One-day International– Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna
5: Third One-day International– Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur (d/n)
7: Fourth One-day International– Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur (d/n)
8: Fifth One-day International– Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur (d/n)
10: Only Twenty20 International– Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur (d/n)
First Published In The Trinidad Express Newspaper.