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Simmons hits 71 in warm-up


HAROLD EASTMOND

Simmons hits 71 in warm-up

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FIVE?PLAYERS selected for the West Indies’ upcoming One-Day tour of New Zealand got in some well needed match practice when they represented the Sagicor High Performance Centre West Indies XI against a Barbados Trial Select XI in a limited-over cricket game at the Desmond Haynes Oval, yesterday.
West Indies selectees Lendl Simmons, Johnson Charles, captain Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder and Nikita Miller helped the HPC WIXI to a challenging 311 in 49.2 overs. The Barbados Trial Select XI lost by 61 runs as they totaled 250 all out in 43.3 overs.
The sixth player selected for the tour Ravi Rampaul did not play as he had to return to Trinidad for personal reasons. The rest of the squad is already in New Zealand preparing for the third Test.
A knock of 71 by opener Simmons was his team’s highest score after they won the toss and batted in wonderful conditions.
 He shared a second-wicket stand of 137 with Raymon Reifer after fellow opener Johnson Charles was out in the third over for a duck.
Simmons’ innings contained ten fours and a six from 61 balls while Reifer supported well with a 74-ball 68, stroking eight fours.
West Indies ODI?captain Dwayne Bravo’s (19) brief stay at the crease ended in the 32nd over with the score on 183 for four.
Kyle Hope showed his obvious class in a knock of 56 from 57 balls with five fours as he and Jason Holder (22) shared 43 for the fifth wicket.
Kyle’s little brother Shai boosted the total to over 300 as he struck two sixes and three fours in a 37-run cameo off just 17 balls as he and Hayden Walsh added 42 for the last wicket.
Kevin Stoute took three for 63 while off-spinners Kenroy Williams and Ashley Nurse bagged two wickets each for 30 and 54 runs respectively.  
Kyle Corbin’s recent good form continued as he impressed once again, scoring a run-a-ball 64, decorated with seven fours and three sixes when the Barbados Trial Select XI replied.
Corbin and Rashidi Boucher (34) steadied the innings after Omar Phillips fell for no score. Jonathan Carter [50 – 3×4, 3×6], Williams [46] and captain Nurse with an aggressive 32 which included three massive sixes, all made useful contributions but the target was beyond them.

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