Emirates Cricket Board XI 56 for 7 (Anwar 23, Carter 4-20, Cummins 3-12) trail West Indians 249 for 6 dec (Hope 59, Johnson 50) by 193 runs
Jonathan Carter and Miguel Cummins gave a good account of themselves on the opening day of West Indians’ two-day fixture against Emirates Cricket Board XI in Dubai.
The fast-bowling pair picked up seven wickets between them to reduce their opponents to 56 for 7, after the batsmen, led by Shai Hope and Leon Johnson scored half-centuries in their total of 249 for 6 declared in 70 overs.
The West Indians, who have already lost the T20I and ODI series against Pakistan, had each of the top six batsmen getting off to starts after they elected to bat. Apart from Hope and Johnson, Roston Chase, who brought up his maiden Test century against India in Jamaica in July, and Jermaine Blackwood retired on 38 and 45 respectively.
An opportunity for some of the fringe players like Johnson, Shane Dowrich and Jonathan Carter, all of whom chipped in with useful contributions, came up as three regulars in the Test squad – Kraigg Brathwaite, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo – are in the midst of the ODI series against Pakistan.
Offspinner Rohan Mustafa and medium-pacer Amjad Javed picked up one wicket apiece for the Emirates Cricket Board XI. With the bat, only Shaiman Anwar offered any sort of resistance to end the day unbeaten on 23. He was the only one to reach double figures as five of his team-mates didn’t open their accounts.