Campbell falls cheaply after Ravindra’s ton takes NZ A to 308-3


Test opener John Campbell was dismissed just before the close on day one of West Indies three-day warm-up against New Zealand A after a Rachin Ravindra’s hundred took the home side to a solid 308-3 declared.

Playing at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown, West Indies closed on 17-1 with Campbell, struggling in recent times in Test cricket, bowled by Blair Tickner for four. West Indies most experienced Test batsmen Darren Bravo and Kraigg Brathwaite are not out on eight and two respectively.

Earlier, New Zealand A won the toss and elected to bat first, and got an opening stand of 43 between Ravindra and Will Young. Rookie fast bowler Chemar Holder provided the breakthrough, having Young caught by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich for 27.

Ravindra and Henry Nicholls then batted New Zealand A into strong position, adding 160 for the second wicket as the West Indies bowlers found the going tough.

Nicholls, who has played 33 Test matches, made 76, caught by Joshua DaSilva off the bowling of left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer.

Ravindra, 21, then brought up his hundred before being dismissed by Alzarri Joseph, caught by Kemar Roach. His 112 came off 187 balls and included 11 fours and two sixes.

Devon Conway (46*) and Joe Carter (41*) then batted to the declaration with an unbroken partnership of 81.

West Indies are preparing to face New Zealand in two Test matches in December. Prior to that, the two sides clash in three T20s from November 27-30.

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