Campbell (55), Cornwall (63) and Permaul (4-21) highlight final day of WI Test trial


Opener John Campbell extended his form with a half-century, while Rahkeem Cornwall proved his all-round ability as 21 wickets tumbled on an eventful third day of the West Indies Test trial at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.

Kraigg Brathwaite’s XI won the match by four wickets over Roston Chase’s XI. Set a modest 94 for victory, left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (2-15), leg-spinner Imran Khan (2-16) and off-spinner Jermaine Blackwood (2-17) bowled well, but Brathwaite’s XI got over the line, scoring 95-6 – as Cornwall ended the match with a big six off Khan.

Resuming earlier on their overnight 242-5, Brathwaite’s XI were dismissed for 346 to earn a first innings lead of 20 runs. Kavem Hodge failed to add to his overnight 59, falling in the morning’s third over as he fended a quick short ball from fast bowler Chemar Holder. Nkrumah Bonner dived wide at gully to hold a superb catch. Left-hander Palmer, who unbeaten at the start on 31, added only one before he fell to a catch at the wicket off Reifer (2-71).

Cornwall then hit nine fours and three sixes in a sensational 63 off 51 balls knock as he put on 55 for the ninth wicket with Preston McSween whose 34 came from 31 balls and included five fours and a six.

In their second turn at the crease, Chase’s XI were dismissed for 113 with only Campbell showing any enterprise with a top score of 55, to follow up his first innings hundred.

He struck six fours and a six off 118 balls, but left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul with 4-21, off-spinner Cornwall (2-23) and left-arm seamer McSween (2-25) bowled very well. (CWI)

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