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Windies lose ODI warm-up

Sunday, December 17, 2017
West Indies opener Kyle Hope top-scored with 94 against New Zealand XI in his teams only warm-up match before their three-match ODI series with New Zealand, which begins on Wednesday.

WHANGAREI, New Zealand—The Hope brothers, Kyle and Shai, gathered half-centuries but were unable to prevent West Indies from going down by six wickets to an unsung New Zealand XI in their 50-overs tour match yesterday.

In their only warm-up match before the limited overs series starting next week, West Indies rattled up a competitive 288 all out off 48.4 overs, with Kyle top-scoring with 94 his younger brother Shai chipping in with 69.

All-rounder Rovman Powell supported with 31 while left-hander Shimron Hetmyer got 28.

Twenty-year-old off-spinner Aniket Parikh was the best bowler with four for 47.

Test opener Jeet Raval, leading the side, then flayed the Windies bowling for a superb 169 as the hosts got home with nine balls remaining.

The left-hander, who looked in good touch in the recent two-Test series, hammered 17 fours and a six in a 150-ball knock while Bharat Popli struck 62.

Raval gave his side a flying starting, posting 77 with 21-year-old Jack Boyle (22) for the first wicket before adding a further 149 for the third wicket with Popli, in a partnership which killed off the Windies chances.

Popli, a 27-year-old right-hander, struck five fours off 61 balls.

Earlier, the Hope brothers had taken centre stage in a 138-run, second wicket stand after Evin Lewis had fallen in the eighth over for 17, following a 42-run stand for the first wicket with Kyle.

The right-handed Kyle Hope faced 101 balls and struck nine fours before retiring in the 33rd over while Shai stroked eight fours and a six in a typically classy 58-ball innings.

The 20-year-old Hetmyer showed glimpses of his attacking ability, smashing three fours and a six in a 17-ball cameo, while putting on 36 for the third wicket with Kyle.

Powell hit two fours in a 43-ball knock late on to keep the innings going but the Windies lost their last five wickets for just 34 runs.

The first One-Day International of the three-match series bowls off at Cobham Oval next Wednesday.


K Hope ret. out 94
E Lewis c wkp Morrison b Rae 17
+S Hope c Sandhu b Parikh 69
S Hetmyer c McKenzie b Raval 28
J Mohammed c wkp Morrison b Parikh 10
J Holder c wkp Morrison b Craig 1
R Powell c Raval b Sandhu 31
A Nurse b Parikh 1
N Miller c Colson b Parikh 1
K Williams run out 12
S Cottrell not out 7
Extras (lb3, w14) 17
DID NOT BAT: R Beaton.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-42, 2-180, 3-216, 4-221, 5-227, 6-254, 7-256, 8-261, 9-278, 10-288.
BOWLING: Sandhu 6-0-53-1, Rae 8.4-0-56-1, Craig 10-0-50-1, McKenzie 10-0-57-0, Parikh 10-0-47-4, Raval 4-0-22-1.
J Raval b Holder 169
J Boyle c wkp S Hope b Williams 22
H Cooper c wkp S Hope b Miller 7
Bharat Popli c Hetmyer b Cottrell 62
F Colson not out 11
S Solia not out 4
Extras (lb2, w12) 14
TOTAL (4 WKTS, 48.3 OVERS) 289
DID NOT BAT: M Craig, A Parikh, +A Morrison, A McKenzie, R Sandhu, M Rae
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-77, 2-103, 3-252, 4-281.
BOWLING: Cottrell 10-0-63-1, Beaton 1.1-0-2-0, Holder 7.5-0-60-1, Williams 9.3-0-60-1, Miller 10-0-54-1, Nurse 10-1-59-0.
Result: New Zealand XI won by six wickets.