More runs for batsmen but toil for West Indies’ bowlers in warm-up match
Combined NSW and ACT XI 259 for 2 trail West Indians 424 for 9 dec (Thomas 77*, Brathwaite 75, Brooks 56, Holder 50ret) by 165 runs
West Indies were given a wake-up call on the bowling front after being dominated by a NSW/ACT XI on day two of the tour match in Canberra.
Oliver Davies, the New South Wales and Sydney Thunder batter, was the star of the day, producing an innings that featured 14 fours and three sixes from 106 deliveries. Blake MacDonald and Jack Attenborough also joined in on the fun.
West Indies quick Kemar Roach was economical with figures of 0 for 20 from 10 overs. But 21-year-old right-armer Jayden Seales (0-47 off 10 overs), Alzarri Joseph (0-40 off 10 overs) and spinner Roston Chase (0-50 off 10 overs) were among the bowlers who struggled for impact.
Former captain Jason Holder, who made 50 with the bat before retiring, didn’t bowl. Raymon Reifer and captain Kraigg Braithwaite were the wicket-takers
Starting day two at Manuka Oval on 297 for 5, West Indies lifted the run-rate on Friday as No.10 Devon Thomas top-scored with an unbeaten 77. Thomas and Joseph put on an unbroken 104-run stand for the 10th wicket
On Thursday, openers Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks made half-centuries to put on a 133-run partnership.
This match is one of two tour games West Indies have before their series against the Pat Cummins-led Australians gets underway in Perth on November 30.
A far different squad to their white-ball team, Windies players will still be determined to make amends for their embarrassing failure to qualify for the group stage at the recent T20 World Cup. (ESPNcricinfo)