Teenager Brathwaite hits 117 not out as Windies A take charge

Kingstown, St Vincent – Kraigg Brathwaite hit his maiden first-class century on Friday as the West Indies A team took full control against Pakistan A in the 1st Digicel four-day "Test" match at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex. The 17-year-old opener ended the second day on 117 not out as the Windies closed on 216-1.

The patient right-hander reached the milestone from 290 balls. He has so far struck 11 fours from 339 balls in just over 6 ½ hours at the crease. Brathwaite shared a first-wicket stand of 91 with Kieran Powell, who made 50 from 154 balls with four boundaries.

Coach Hendy Springer was full of praise for Brathwaite.
“Kraigg played exceptionally well for us today. He paced the innings really well and seemed to have a lot of time to make his decisions. The most important thing is that he has batted the entire innings so far and is still not out. He has been patient and has displayed great shot selection. He’s doing well for the team and has put us a very strong position.”

Powell was caught at forward short leg off Zulfiqar Babar and then Kirk Edwards joined Brathwaite. The pair batted out the rest of the day to add 125 – unbroken – for the second wicket.

Edwards, a tall right-hander hit the ball powerfully down the ground and has so far hit truck just one boundary in a resolute 39 from 143 balls in 3 ½ hours.