WI tour opener washed out
HOVE, England – West Indies reached 90 for three in their first innings before the unstable weather that has dogged their tour opener against Sussex brought an early end, forcing a no-result on Monday.
Only 16 overs were possible in close to 1 ¼ hours before the weather interrupted, forcing the players to leave the field on the scheduled final day at the PROBIZ County Ground.
The first day on Saturday was abandoned without a ball being bowled and only 18 overs were possible on the second day on Sunday.
The not out batsmen for West Indies were Darren Bravo on 19 and fellow left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul on nine.
Play started promptly in chilly conditions, but the overnight pair of Bravo and Kieran Powell, another left-hander, seemed untroubled by the weather or the Sussex attack, which comprised the England duo of fast bowler Amjad Khan and left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, of whom the visitors failed to get an early sight.
Both batsmen struck the ball crisply with Powell playing a breath-taking square drive off Khan for the last of his four boundaries in 35 before he was caught behind off left-arm fast-medium bowler Naved Arif, nibbling at a rising delivery outside the off-stump.
Bravo reeled off a couple imperious cover drives off Naved and Khan for his first two boundaries, giving testimony to his class and was just beginning to knuckle down with World No.1 Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, when the weather took hold again.
West Indies will hope the sunshine that blessed them when they made the short jaunt from the ground to their hotel follows them to Wantage Road in Northampton, where they play the England Lions (England-A) in their final warm-up match prior to the first Test against the hosts, starting on May 17 at Lord’s.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
A. Barath b Wernars 16
K. Powell c wkpr Prior b Naved Arif 35
K. Edwards c Nash b Liddle 8
D.M. Bravo not out 19
S. Chanderpaul not out 9
Extras (nb3) 3
TOTAL (3 wkts) 90
+D. Ramdin, *D. Sammy, S. Shillingford, K. Roach, R. Rampaul, S. Gabriel to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-45, 3-67
Bowling: Naved Arif 9-3-17-1, Khan 11-0-42-0, Liddle 6-2-10-1, Wernars 8-3-21-1
SUSSEX: *C. Nash, L. Wells, M. Machan, J. Gatting, +M. Prior, B. Brown, K. Wernars, Naved Arif, A. Khan, M. Panesar, C. Liddle
Result: Match drawn
Umpires: G. Sharp, P. Pollard