Hope’s knock lifts HPC

Kyle Hope hitting out during his half-century today.

West Indies were 39 without loss off 18 overs in their second innings – an overall lead of 78 – at the close of play on the second day of the three-day practice match against the West Indies Sagicor High Performance Centre at the 3Ws Oval here today.

The not out batsmen were left-handers Kieran Powell on 25 and Assad Fudadin, ten.

Earlier, the HPC, starting the day on 20 for one, were bowled out for 181 off 65.3 overs in the post-tea session in reply to the West Indies first innings total of 220 for nine declared.

Barbadian batsman Kyle Hope top-scored with 55 after going to the crease at number 5. He batted for 139 minutes, faced 87 balls and struck four fours and one six before he was eighth out with the score 166, caught by Kieran Powell off off-spinner Sunil Narine.

Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul bowled well to take four for 37 off 18.3 overs, fast bowler Fidel Edwards, two for 23 off seven overs and Narine, two for 48 off 16 overs.

Meanwhile fast bowler Kemar Roach will miss the Test series on the West Indies tour of Bangladesh due to a knee injury sustained while playing for his local club CGI Maple three weeks ago.

He has been replaced by Edwards.

West Indies team physiotherapist C.J. Clark described the injury as “a right medial hamstring tendon tear”.

“Kemar has not recovered adequately from the injury to join the squad for the tour,” said Clark. “He has commenced rehabilitation and will undergo further assessment. He is expected to return to action in three to four weeks time.”

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said Edwards was more than capable cover for Roach and felt there was more than enough firepower in the 15-member squad.”Fidel was a member of the squad that played in the recent ICC World Twenty20 Tournament and he has been bowling, so his bowling fitness will be right up there at its peak,” said Gibson.

“Along with Ravi Rampaul and Tino Best, we feel confident that they will all be able to do a good job for us in the Tests, whichever combination is selected,” he added. (BCA)

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