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WI draw final day of three-day, tour match
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe—Kieran Powell and Kyle Hope got into gear with half-centuries, as West Indies had to settle for a draw with Zimbabwe “A” in their three-day, tour match yesterday.
Powell hit the top score of 77 and Hope made 61 – before they both retired – to allow the Windies to declare their second innings on 263 for five on the final day of the match at the Bulawayo Athletic Club.
Shimron Hetmyer gave the selectors a gentle nudge with 48, wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich battled for 37 not out and Jermaine Blackwood added 25, as they tried to gain valuable match practice in the only contest on the visitors’ schedule prior to the first Test against the hosts’ national side, starting on Saturday at the Queen’s Sports Club.
The West Indies bowlers also got a chance for a final run-out and reduced the “A” Team to 70 for four in their second innings, as they chased a highly improbable victory target of 457.
Powell and Hope knuckled down for most of the morning period, after the Windies started the day on 74 for one.
They put on 126 for second wicket with little trouble before they both retired in the second hour of the day to offer the remaining batsman a final chance to get in their eyes.
A fifth-wicket stand of 84 between Hetmyer and the embattled Dowrich increased the scoring rate and allowed the Caribbean side time in the final session to give their bowlers another spell in the middle.
Shannon Gabriel, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, left-arm fast-medium bowler Raymon Reifer and Miguel Cummins each took one wicket to sign off the game with a bit of confidence, as they seek to keep Zimbabwe waiting for their first Test victory in four years
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
336 for seven declared
ZIMBABWE “A” 1st Innings 143
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
(overnight 74 for one)
K Brathwaite b Masuku 2
K Powell retired out 77
K Hope retired out 61
J Blackwood c Chibhabha b Chinouya 25
+S Dowrich not out 37
S Hetmyer c Chisoro b Burl 48
R Reifer not out 0
Extras (b4, lb3, nb6) 13
TOTAL (5 wkts dec, 68 overs) 263
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-129, 3-172, 4-177, 5-261
Bowling: Mashinge 10-5-23-0 (nb1); Masuku 6-1-29-1 (nb3); Chibhabha 9-3-20-0 (nb1); Mavuta 11-4-51-0; Nyumbu 15-1-53-0; Mutumbodzi 5-0-23-0 (nb1); Chisoro 6-0-34-0; Chinouya 4-0-18-1; Burl 2-0-5-1
ZIMBABWE “A” (target: 457)
B Chari c wkpr Dowrich b Gabriel 5
J Chibhabha st Dowrich b Bishoo 24
T Musakanda c K. Hope b Reifer 12
R Burl c wkpr Dowrich b Cummins 4
P Moor not out 10
R Mutumbami not out 1
Extras (lb8, nb6) 14
TOTAL (4 wkts, 27 overs) 70
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-42, 3-52, 4-65
Bowling: Gabriel 4-0-12-1 (nb1); Holder 4-2-6-0; Roach 3-0-12-0 (nb2); Reifer 3-1-11-1 (nb1); Bishoo 7-3-5-1 (nb1); Cummins 3-0-11-1 (nb1); Brathwaite 3-1-5-0
Result: Match drawn
Players-a-side: Zimbabwe “A” 16 (11 batting, 11 fielding), West Indies 15 (11 batting, 11 fielding)