Samuels hits 213 in Windies warm-up
Georgetown, Guyana, CMC – Marlon Samuels lashed a double century on the final day of a two-day practice match here Monday, to warm up for the opening Digicel Test match against Pakistan later this week.
The right-hander hit a brilliant 213 retired as an Invitational XI, responding to a West Indies XI’s 310-5 declared, reached 398-8 at the Demerara Cricket Club.
Samuels was subsequently named in a 13-man squad late Monday for the first Test starting at the Guyana National Stadium at Providence on Thursday.
He strode to the wicket at number three after opener Kraigg Brathwaite (4) fell lbw to speedster Kemar Roach early in the morning with the score on 4-1, and proceeded to dominate.
Samuels smashed 27 fours and 12 stunning sixes in an innings that required just 165 balls. He shared a 189-run stand for the second wicket with opener Chris Barnwell whose 66 came from 81 balls and included 12 fours and a six.
Left-hander Brendan Nash got 31 but Ramnaresh Sarwan made 18, falling to Roach who captured 2-68.
Darren Sammy, who skippered the West Indies XI, finished with 3-64 including the scalp of Nash. Anthony Bramble, the 20-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman chipped in with an unbeaten 43 down the order.
West Indies XI 1st innings 310-5 dec.
Invitational XI 1st innings
Kraigg Brathwaite lbw b Roach 4
Christopher Barnwell retired out 66
Marlon Samuels retired out 213
Brendan Nash c wk Baugh b Sammy 31
Ramnaresh Sarwan c London b Roach 18
Kwame Crosse c Brathwaite b Sammy 0
Jamel Hinkson lbw b Sammy 0
Anthony Bramble not out 43
Fidel Edwards c Simmons b London 0
Extras (b1, lb5, w1, nb13) 20
TOTAL (8 wickets, 71.4 overs) 395
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-193, 3-329, 4-330, 5-330, 6-330, 7-385, 8-395.
Did not bat: Andre Stoll, Trevon Garraway
Bowling: Roach 17-3-68-2, Russell 8-1-66-0, Sammy 16-8-64-3, Garraway 1-0-13-0, Nanan 3-0-21-0, Rampaul 6-0-44-0, Lindore 2-0-44-0, London 15.4-4-60-1, Brathwaite 3-0-9-0.
Players-a-side: 12 (11 batting, 11 fielding)