Blackwood shines

Bangladesh ‘A’ facing defeat against HPC tomorrow

 Jermaine Blackwood appears to be on a mission.

Jermaine Blackwood acknowledges the applause of fans after another century.
Jermaine Blackwood acknowledges the applause of fans after another century.

The Jamaican top-order batsman slammed 147 today, his second century of the series, as the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC) ended the penultimate day of their four-day match against Bangladesh ‘A’ in a winning position at Kensington Oval.

Set 490 to win, Bangladesh ‘A’ were struggling on 32 for three off ten overs with Test batsmen Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque not out on 13 and nought respectively. Sheldon Cotterrell has so far taken two of the wickets to fall.

Samsur Rahman, hooking, was caught at first slip by Leon Johnson off Cottrell for eight in the fifth over to make the score 16 for one. Three overs later Barbadian pacer Miguel Cummins had Marshall Ayub fending a lifting delivery to be caught at forward shot-leg by Assad Fudadain without scoring to make the score 22 for 2.

The HPC would offer the visitors no respite and with the score on 27 Cotterrell struck again when he had Elias Sunny leg before wicket for four. Cotterrell has so far taken 2 for 14 and Cummins 1 for 14.

Earlier the HPC declared their second innings at 354 for 5 after the tea break, having batted for 94 overs

Once again it was Blackwood who took the day’s honours with a belligerent, breathtaking innings filled with enterprising shots where he attacked every Bangladeshi bowler. Blackwood, who was the leading batsman in the regional four-day tournament, was at the crease for 182 minutes, faced 157 balls and hit 12 fours and five sixes. His century came in 141 minutes off 123 balls and included eight fours and three sixes. He had reached his half-century in one hour off 42 balls with six fours and two sixes.

Blackwood, who batted at number three, was eventually dismissed when he was stumped by Nurul Hasan off off-spinner Shubhagoto Hom with the score 236 for 2. He dominated a 207-run partnership with opening batsman Assad Fudadin who made 89.

The Guyanese left-hander was the third wicket to fall in the 84th over with the score on 281. Fudadin, who continued from his overnight score of eight, was caught at the wicket by Hasan off pacer Muktar Ali agonizingly short of three figures. He batted for 299 minutes, received 235 balls and struck seven fours and one six. He brought up his fifty in 215 minutes off 175 balls with four boundaries.

Guyana middle-order batsman Leon Johnson then took the spotlight, and following on from his first innings top-score of 74, batted confidently to be unbeaten on 63 when the declaration came. He batted 123 minutes, faced 75 balls and hit six fours and two sixes. His fifty came in 105 minutes off 69 balls with six fours and one six. Skipper Carlos Brathwaite was unbeaten on 18 at the declaration. Off-spinner Nasir Hossain took 2 for 52 in 16 overs. (WG/BCA)


Source: (BCA)

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