Dynamic Dowrich

Dowrich, Warrican boost Windies 'A' fightback

Senior staff reporter

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny — Shane Dowrich struck a masterful 90 not out to boost the West Indies “A” yesterday as England Lions appeared to wilt late on the second afternoon of the first “Test”.

At close of play at Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium, the West Indies “A” team was 232-8 in reply to the Lions' 252 all out.

The West Indies Test wicketkeeper was particularly impressive against the spin bowlers on a dry surface that offered grip and turn.

The 26-year-old hit seven delightful fours and a commanding six off 174 deliveries and shared in an unbroken stand of 118 runs for the ninth wicket with number 10 batsman Jomel Warrican, who is on 54. Warrican, 25, has hit two fours and a six off 118 balls.

Left-arm finger spinner Jack Leach, 26, toiled hard in mostly sunny conditions for three wickets, while the 24-year-old pace bowler James Porter ended the day with two.

Scores: Lions 252 (107.5 overs); Windies A 232-8 (77 overs).

Earlier, the Lions resumed from their overnight score of 233-6; however, all four wickets fell well inside the first hour as off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall finished with 5-68.

They added one run before Toby Roland-Jones was dismissed by left-arm pacer Raymond Reifer for 18. His demise ended a partnership of 51 runs for the seventh wicket with Paul Coughlin.

And Coughlin went soon after when the irrepressible Cornwall had him caught at leg slip by Vishal Singh for a top score of 60.

Mason Crane (one) gave catching practice to slip fielder Shamarh Brooks when he hung his bat at a short and wide delivery from Reifer, and Cornwall got the final wicket and his fifth of the innings when he trapped Leach leg before wicket.

West Indies “A” were off to a disastrous start, losing both left-hand openers Kieran Powell and local boy John Campbell for nought.

Another Jamaican, Jermaine Blackwood, was aggressive on his way to a 44-ball 35, but he was surprised by a very good short ball from Porter and, with both feet off the ground, fended a catch to Liam Livingstone at slip at 50-3.

Brooks (12), Singh (10), Reifer (six), Cornwall (four), and Jeremiah Louis (six) then went cheaply as West Indies “A” slipped to 114-8 and appeared in danger being bowled out for fewer than 150.

However, Dowrich and Warrican took the fight to the Englishmen and by late in the day it seemed that the visitors were wishful for close of play to get the chance to regroup.

In the midst of the fightback, Dowrich hit the first six of the innings when he advanced a step to Leach and lofted straight.

And the shot to take him to half century was an even better one. He leaned forward and pushed a half volley down the ground past Crane and the excellent timing did the rest as the ball raced over the boundary ropes.

Warrican was stubborn at the other end, but at times he showed his attacking capabilities. A rollicking pull shot for four through mid-wicket off Porter brought the West Indies “A” past 200 and placed an exclamation mark on a tremendous comeback.

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