Samuels warms up for Test

Marlon Samuels scored an attractive half-century today.
Marlon Samuels scored an attractive half-century today.

Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre were 213 for seven off 75 overs in reply to Zimbabwe’s first innings total of 255 for eight declared off 104 overs — at the close of play on the second day of the three-day match at Desmond Haynes Oval today.

The not out batsmen were Yannick Cariah on 36 and Jason Dawes, nought.

West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels warmed up for next week’s first Test against Zimbabwe with an accomplished 55 in the HPC innings. He batted for 104 minutes, faced 80 balls and struck seven boundaries and one six.

Samuels was dismissed when he was caught at short midwicket by Tino Mawoyo off leg-spinner Graeme Cremer in the 28th over to make the score 89 for 3, following the dismissals of Trevon Griffith (7) and Andre Fletcher (0).

Barbadian middle-order batsman Kyle Hope struck an attractive 62, counting seven boundaries and one six in 164 minutes of batting where he faced 133 balls. Cremer also accounted for Hope when he had him caught by fellow spinner Ray Price at short extra-cover.

The only other significant score came from the bat of Jahmar Hamilton who made 37 before he was seventh out with the score on 212. He gave Cremer his fifth wicket (five for 74). † Earlier, Hamilton Masakadza, who resumed on 109, scored 112 before he was run out after Zimbabwe started the day on 222 for five. His overnight partner Waller made 64 from his overnight 45.

Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican took two for 48 off 19 overs. (BCA)††

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