Windies A stutter to win over England Lions
FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, (CMC):
West Indies A nearly squandered what should have been an easy win over their England rivals, losing a hatful of wickets before limping over the line, to win the opening four-day 'Test' yesterday.
Resuming at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on 31 for one with a mere 75 runs required for victory, the hosts made their way safely to 51 without further loss before suffering a sudden capitulation to lose seven wickets for 47 runs.
Suddenly tottering on 98 for eight and with defeat a real possibility, Windies A were rescued by all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, who held his nerve to end on 14 not out and see them to a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Captain Kieran Powell, unbeaten on 16 overnight, top-scored with 30, and while Vishaul Singh (18) and Shamarh Brooks (16) got starts, they failed to carry on, leaving the innings compromised.
Brooks and Vishaul put on 23 for the fourth wicket, which took Windies A to 80 for three, but their dismissals triggered a slide that saw five wickets fall for 18 runs.
Left-arm spinner Jack Leach was the main destroyer, adding four wickets to his one from overnight to end with five for 26, while leg-spinner Liam Livingstone picked up two for 55.
Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican was named Man of the Match for his eight-wicket match haul and unbeaten 71, batting at number 10 in the first innings.
The second 'Test' bowls off on Sunday at Sabina Park.
LIONS 1st Innings 252
WINDIES A 1st Innings 279
LIONS 2nd Innings 132
WINDIES A 2nd Innings (target: 106 runs)
(overnight 31 for one)
K Powell c Gubbins b Livingstone 30
J Campbell c Livingstone b Leach 15
J Blackwood b Leach 4
S Brooks lbw b Leach 16
V Singh c Porterb Leach 18
S Dowrich b Leach 3
R Reifer c Hameed b Livingstone 3
R Cornwall not out 14
J Warrican c and b Crane 0
J Louis not out 1
Extras (b3, nb1) 4
TOTAL (8 wkts, 29.5 overs) 108
Did not bat: K Joseph.
Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-51, 3-57, 4-80, 5-86, 6-91, 7-97, 8-98.
Bowling: Porter 2-0-11-0, Livingstone 12-1-53-2, Leach 13-2-28-5, Crane 2.5-0-13-1.
Result: Windies A won by two wickets.
Man-of-the-Match: Jomel Warrican.
Toss: Windies A.
Umpires: V Smith, C Wright.