Dowrich, Chase impress
ST JOHN’S – Barbadians Shane Dowrich and Roston Chase reminded West Indies selectors of their talent with their second half-centuries of the contest, as the three-day game against Australia finished in a tame draw on the final day, yesterday.
Playing at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, Dowrich hit 53 not out and Chase, 55, before retiring, as the West Indies President’s XI finished on 161 for four.
They had earlier secured a lead of 132 on first innings after producing a top effort to claim the last four Australian wickets for 45 runs, and dismiss the tourists for 250.
The effort was inspired by fast bowler Marquino Mindley who picked up two of the wickets to fall to finish with two for 42 while seamer Carlos Brathwaite accounted for opener Shaun Marsh before he added to his overnight 118, to claim three for 39.
Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican did not add to his three-wicket tally from day two, and ended with three for 93.
As the wickets fell, number 10 Josh Hazlewood resisted 1-1/2 hours for an unbeaten 31 with five fours, to rally the lower order.
Seamer Hazlewood then blew away the top order of the President’s XI, accounting for opener Rajindra Chandrika, captain Leon Johnson and Shamarh Brooks, all without scoring, to leave the hosts in tatters at 25 for three.
Tyrone Theophile struck 26, crunching six fours off 34 balls but was bowled by fast bowler Peter Siddle pushing forward, as the President’s XI slumped to 41 for four.
However, Dowrich and Chase arrived to repair the innings, putting on exactly 100 for the fifth wicket, before Chase retired.
West Indies selectors are now expected to select a 14-man squad for the first Test against Australia starting Wednesday, with two players from the President’s XI expected to join the 12 currently in a training camp. (CMC)