Eye on Edwards


Kirk Edwards got a start but failed to carry on while Chadwick Walton belted a typically robust half-century, as the West Indies Invitational XI drew their three-day game against a New Zealand XI here today.

The right-handed Edwards got 25 while Walton got 61, knocks that helped their side to 121 for two in their second innings, after set a target of 166 for victory at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.

Earlier, West Indies fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Sheldon Cottrell toiled without success, as the hosts declared their second innings at 168 for three, after continuing from their overnight 103 without loss.

Hamish Rutherford top scored with 72 while Peter Fulton got 52, extending their opening stand to 142 before being parted.

Gabriel sent down nine overs that cost 42 runs while Cottrell, who made his Test debut in India earlier this month, was also wicketless in seven overs that cost 44 runs.

All eyes would have been on Edwards, however, especially since Kraigg Brathwaite remained in Barbados waiting for his Australian and New Zealand visa to be processed and now seems unlikely to arrive in time for the first Test starting Tuesday (Monday, 5:30 Eastern Caribbean time).

Brathwaite was called up last Saturday to replace experienced opener Chris Gayle who has been ruled out of the series with a hamstring tear sustained in the opening One-Day International against India.

Edwards, who is likely to partner Kieran Powell at the top of the order in the first Test, spent 45 minutes at the crease, faced 38 balls and struck one four and a six.

He dominated an opening stand of 60 with Walton whose knock required 90 balls and was decorated with six fours and two sixes. Edwards, who made just three in the first innings, was the first

of two wickets for off-spinner Mark Craig, as veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul fell cheaply to the Ontago player for just 12.

The 29-year-old Edwards has played just nine Tests but has not suited up since his nightmare run in England over a year ago, when he managed eight runs in four innings. (KP)

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