LINCOLN, New Zealand (CMC) – Leading West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite warmed up for Friday’s first Test against New Zealand with a half-century, as the Caribbean side earned a tame draw against New Zealand A in their three-day match here yesterday.
Having failed in the first innings, the right-hander carved out 88 in the second on the final day of the contest at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, to find form ahead of the two-Test series against the Black Caps.
West Indies, resuming from 53 for two overnight, were dismissed for 186, with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich chipping in with 47 to follow up his first-innings 35.
Worryingly, however, there was another failure for Jermaine Blackwood who fell without scoring after making just four in the first innings.
Hamish Bennett led New Zealand A with three for 50 while fellow seamers Jimmy Neesham (2-16), Lockie Ferguson (2-24) and Logan van Beek (2-46) all finished with two wickets each.
The hosts then rattled up 72 without loss as the match petered out into a predictable draw, with West Indies affording their bowlers decent spells in preparation for the first Test.
Jeet Raval stroked an unbeaten 32 and captain Tom Latham, 28 not out, both players using the game to also get in tune for the Test series.
Resuming the day hoping for another productive batting display, West Indies were rocked early when Roston Chase added two to his overnight four before perishing and Blackwood followed soon afterwards.
On 72 for four, West Indies were bailed out by Brathwaite who put on 29 for the fifth wicket with Raymon Reifer (12) and a further 70 for the sixth wicket with Dowrich.
All told, Brathwaite faced 124 deliveries in 3-1/2 hours and counted 12 fours while Dowrich struck five fours and a six in a 71-ball knock.
The prolific Barbadian is expected to lead West Indies’ batting in the Test series as the visitors chased their first series win on New Zealand soil in 22 years.
Brathwaite’s retirement, however, led to a lower order slide with the last five wickets going down for 15 runs.
The first Test gets underway at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on December 1.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 451-9 decl.
NEW ZEALAND A 1st innings 237
WEST INDIES 2nd innings (o/n 53 for two)
K. Brathwaite ret. out 88
K. Powell b Ferguson 4
S. Hetmyer b van Beek 10
R. Chase c Worker b Ferguson 6
J. Blackwood c Astle b Bennett 0
R. Reifer c Latham b van Beek 12
S. Dowrich b Bennett 47
J. Holder c wkp. Blundell b Neesham 0
D Bishoo c wkp. Blundell b Neesham 1
A Joseph c Broom b Bennett 0
K Roach not out 2
Extras: (b-4, lb-1, nb-3, w-8) 16
Total: (all out, 53 overs) 186
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-43, 3-71, 4-72, 5-101, 6-171, 7-178, 8-178, 9-179.
Bowling: Ferguson 7-1-24-2, Bennett 11-2-50-3, van Beek 10-0-46-2, Astle 15-3-34-0, Neesham 7-3-16-2, Worker 3-0-11-0.
NEW ZEALAND A 2nd innings
J. Raval not out 32
T. Latham not out 28
Extras: ((b-4, lb-1, nb-7) 12
Total: (without loss, 29 overs) 72
Bowling: Gabriel 4-2-4-0, Roach 4-1-11-0, Cummins 4-2-9-0, Joseph 2-1-6-0, Chase 8-3-13-0, Reifer 4-2-9-0, Bishoo 2-0-11-0, Brathwaite 1-0-4-0.