Gabriel strikes early as Test Series warm-up ends in draw
West Indies bowlers got a full work out on the third and final day of their warm-up match against New Zealand “A” on Sunday (Saturday night Caribbean Time). The match ended in a draw, with the home side batting out most of the day at the picturesque John Davies Oval in Queenstown.
Scores: New Zealand “A” 308-3 declared (Rachin Ravindra 112, Henry Nicholls 76, Devon Conway 46 not out, Joe Carter 41 not out, Will Young 27) and 124-1 (Will Young 64 not out, Devon Conway 41 not out) West Indies 366 (Darren Bravo 135, Shamarh Brooks 80, Kraigg Brathwaite 47, Roston Chase 42, Nkrumah Bonner 24; Jacob Duffy 3-49, Blair Tickner 2-66).
Shannon Gabriel bowled first innings century-maker Rachin Ravindra for 10 in the sixth over after lunch, but the visitors could make no further inroads into the opposition batting, and birthday boy Young, and left-hander Conway, added an unbroken partnership of 97 for the second wicket.
Earlier, West Indies extended their first innings, after they continued from their overnight total of 329-6 to give the remainder of their batsmen in the Test squad and reserves an opportunity to spend time in the middle.
Nkrumah Bonner made 24 and left-hander opener Shayne Moseley batting at Number 8 in this line-up, was not out on 11 — an innings which spanned almost an hour-and-a-half.
They were the only two to reach double figures, with pacer Jacob Duffy finishing with 3-49 from 19 overs to be the most successful New Zealand “A” bowler, and new-ball partner Blair Tickner ending with two for 66 from 27 overs.
The tour now switches to Auckland, where West Indies will face the Blackcaps in the first T20 International at Eden Park on Friday night (2am Eastern Caribbean/1 am Jamaica). The second T20I will be two days later at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, which also stages the third, the following day.
The Test squad Holder will remain in the southern island city for a four-day warm-up match, starting Thursday (Wednesday 6pm Eastern Caribbean/5pm Jamaica). The Test matches will be December 3-7 at Seddon Park in Hamilton, and the second Test on December 1115 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.