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Chandrika hits ton for HPC


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Chandrika hits ton for HPC

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OPENER Rajendra Chandrika hit the second century of the match, but a plethora of no-balls from his Guyanese compatriot Brandon Bess and Shannon Gabriel, plus an ankle injury to pacer Kevin McClean, caused concern for the coaches of the new WICB High Performance Centre (HPC).Right-hander Chandrika stroked eight fours in making 102 off 184 balls in 209 minutes before he retired. His century helped the HPC XI to 333 for four in response to the Barbados Select XI’s total of 267 for six declared, as the two-day cricket practice match ended in a predictable draw at Kensington Oval yesterday.Chandrika shared an opening stand of 191 with Nevisian left-hander Kieran Powell, who made 74 with 12 fours off 115 in 162 minutes.
But the major talking point was new West Indies pacer Bess’ tally of 25 no-balls after overstepping the front crease 19 times – one of which went to the boundary and another for two. Bess played in the final Test against South Africa at Kensington when he was called up on the morning of the match.Trinidadian Gabriel sent down 15 no-balls in the Barbados XI’s innings and even leg-spinner Kerron Cottoy delivered four no-balls.The match was marred by a suspected broken leg for McClean, who had to be stretchered off the field on the opening day.Left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson, who pulled up on the first day, returned to bowl yesterday, removing century-maker Kyle Hope for 117. Hope was caught by Kyle Corbin, who split the webbing on his hand taking the catch.
(EZS)

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