Brathwaite slams second ton

sportskraiggbrathwaitestarredWest Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite warmed up for the 2013 regional first-class season with his second, unbeaten century at the Barbados trials today at Queen’s Park.

The 20-year-old who has represented West Indies in nine Test matches since his debut in 2011, slammed an enterprising 101 not out as Kirk Edwards’ XI scored 214 for five in their second innings against Shamarh Brooks’ XI before play on the third and final day was called off early.

Batting at No. 3 for the second time in the match instead of his usual opening position, Brathwaite was at the crease for 189 minutes, faced 145 balls and struck 15 fours.

Brathwaite’s century followed an undefeated 145 in a two-day match at the same venue a week ago.

Jonathan Carter contributed 31 off 53 balls with four boundaries in a fourth wicket stand of 67 with Brathwaite.

Wicket-keeper/batsman Shane Dowrich and all-rounder Roston Chase made 30 not out and 29 respectively.

Medium-pacer Kevin Stoute took three for 24 off seven overs.

Earlier, Raymon Reifer and Kenroy Williams both hit half-centuries as Brooks’ XI were bowled out for 319 in reply to Edwards’ XI first innings of 249.

Left-hander Reifer, who started the day on 48 with the score 216 for four, made 63 before he was run out after a 98-run fifth wicket partnership with Williams.

Reifer batted for 141 minutes, faced 102 balls and struck eight fours and one six.

Williams, who resumed on 12, also fell for 63, bowled by pacer Miguel Cummins. He was at the crease for 135 minutes, received 100 balls and hit eight boundaries.

Off-spinner Ashley Nurse was the leading wicket-taker with four for 72 off 20 overs, while Cummins took three for 37 off 19 overs. (BCA)††

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