Recent Match Outline – WI Brathwaite XI vs WI Holder XI Tour Match 2020

Holder XI 120 for 5 (Da Silva 60*) v Brathwaite XI

West Indies captain Jason Holder had another short stay at the crease as the tourists’ second and last intra-squad match before next week’s first Test against England in the end got under way at Emirates Old Trafford.

Holder has been recently troubled by an ankle niggle and while the Windies have played down concerns approximately if he’s still hampered by the injury, he’s running out of chances to receive some match sharpness under his belt.

He used to be out for a golden duck and did not bowl in the Windies’ first internal match final week, and he looked ill at ease right through his brief time in the middle on Tuesday, when the all-rounder used to be dismissed for only five off 13 balls.

Actually, he could have departed for a second successive nought after he clipped his second ball to midwicket, only for Preston McSween to spill a moderately straightforward chance.

Jermaine Blackwood used to be also out for a single-figure score as the intermittent rain, which had wiped out the first four sessions of this four-day fixture, relented to allow play to begin at 2.20pm native time under floodlights.

The wickets of Blackwood and Holder were a part of a top-order wobble that saw the side led by the latter lurch from 79 for 1 to 108 for 5 against a Kraigg Brathwaite XI before closing early on 120 for 5 because of poor light.

The decision to desert plans to pursue first-class status for this contest meant Oshane Thomas used to be drafted in to open the bowling. The paceman made an instantaneous impression as a precision yorker castled Sheyne Moseley first ball.

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It used to be a dramatic start to the game but thereafter Thomas over-pitched so that you can find early swing while Keon Harding used to be wayward and bowled several no-balls to allow Joshua Da Silva and Sunil Ambris to build a platform.

Da Silva used to be the aggressor and the mainstay of the innings, getting off the mark with a streaky flash over the slips off Harding but then gradually warming to his task with a series of silky front-foot drives.

The twosome went along at five an over in a 79-run stand, which used to be ended when Ambris, on 25, got a top-edge off Chemar Holder (2 for 15) which looped to short-leg, leaving Marquino Mindley to run in and take a stooping catch.

Blackwood, aiming for a recall at the Ageas Bowl on July 8 almost three years after his final Test start, made just 1 off six balls before Mindley found the outdoor edge and John Campbell took a simple chance at second slip.

Campbell had no problem also snaffling Nkrumah Bonner, who failed to trouble the scorers after an attempted drive off Chemar Holder caught the edge. But McSween would give the paceman’s namesake a chance early in his innings.

Jason Holder, though, could not capitalise on his reprieve as the frugal Anderson Phillip (6-3-9-1) put the ball on a good length and the skipper tentatively prodded forward, nicking to Shamarh Brooks at a wide third slip.

Da Silva used to be measured amid the cluster of wickets and despite the fact that he’s listed in the 11 reserves – with seemingly only paceman Shannon Gabriel in with a opportunity of being elevated from that group into the Test squad – the opener used to be still there at the near on 60 not out when the players came off 45 minutes into the last session.

To start with the players, wearing their navy and maroon training kits, were scheduled to play until 7.30pm native time but the darkening skies led to Da Silva and Raymon Reifer (2no) walking off just before 6pm on the second one day.

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