Headley Weekes Tri-Series
Team Weekes v West Indies Academy
Day 1 of Match 2
Venue: Coolidge Cricket Ground
Toss: West Indies Academy
Opener Kirk McKenzie played a number of handsome shots on both sides of the wickets in an unbeaten half-century for West Indies Academy before rain brought an early close on Thursday in Antigua.
The stylish left-hander was on 50 not out and Kevin Anderson, a century-maker in the first match, was not out on seven, and the Academy were 89-2, replying to Team Weekes first innings of 401, before rain stopped play midway in the second session of the second day of the four-day, first-class match.
McKenzie has struck eight fours from 80 balls in a shade over two hours at the crease and provide stability to the Academy top order in the face of a hostile spell from pacer Jair McAllister who has so far snatched 2-21 from eight overs. McAllister bowled both opener Keagan Simmons (7) and Ackeem Auguste (21), and had the Academy in trouble on 59-2.
Earlier, allrounder Kevin Sinclair advertised his batting prowess, but he became the third Team Weekes batsman to fall short of the century mark, after they continued from their overnight total of 365-7.
Sinclair was bowled for a career-best 86 to become one of two wickets that left-arm Barbados Pride pacer Ramon Simmonds took off successive balls to bring the Team Weekes first innings to a close.
Sinclair started the day on 52 and struck 12 fours and three sixes from 125 balls in 2-1/2 hours of batting, and he dominated a ninth wicket stand of 36 with pace bowling Harpy Eagles teammate Niall Smith that carried Team Weekes past 400 before Simmonds ended the fun.
Simmonds replaced pacer Kelvin Pitman, who was injured on Wednesday and ruled out of the remainder of the match. Pitman was under the care of their medical staff.
Play will resume on Friday at 9:30am (8:30am Jamaica Time).