Match Report: Athanaze, Da Silva hit second innings fifties as West Indies tour match against County Select XI ends in a draw

The three-day warm-up match between the touring West Indies and a County Select XI ended in a draw on Friday.

The tourists entered day three at the Kent County Cricket Ground in Beckenham on 57-2, leading by 23 runs in their second innings.

They eventually progressed to 196-5 off 44 overs before declaring, leaving the County Select XI needing 163 to win.

The West Indian second innings batting effort was led by a well-compiled 66* from Alick Athanaze, his second half-century of the game.

The 25-year-old Dominican faced 99 balls, hitting 11 fours in the process.

He was well supported by wicketkeeper/batsman Joshua Da Silva who finished not out on 51 off 69 balls including six fours.

Medium pacer Sonny Baker took 2-49 off eight overs for the Select XI.

The hosts then lost a pair of early wickets before play was brought to a close due to rain with them on 30-2 in the 11th over.

“Barring a bit of adverse weather, we have managed to get a lot of solid cricket played over the last three days, so we are generally happy with what has happened on the tour so far,” West Indies assistant coach, Jimmy Adams told CWI Media.

“What we would have wanted to get from the time spent out in the middle, we have gotten. The weather has been kind to us, we know that it could get a little bit rough [in England], but all in all, we are very happy with what the weather has allowed and the facilities we have been given, and what the guys have been able to produce.”

West Indies now head to London, where they will continue preparations ahead of the first Test against hosts England, starting on Wednesday at Lord’s.

“I think it is important that they [the batsmen] get as much ‘live’ practice as they can in conditions that a lot of them are not familiar with,” Adams added.

“I would say that irrespective of anywhere they have travelled outside of the Caribbean, a lot of them have not toured England before – some have – but a lot of the batters haven’t, so [this tour match] was an opportunity for them to get as acquainted with conditions as possible before they run into the international opposition, and I think they have done it pretty well.”

The second Test of the series starts on July 18 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, and the third Test starts on July 26 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Full Scores:

West Indies 339 off 72.1 overs (Kavem Hodge 112, Alick Athanaze 74, Kirk McKenzie 73, Mikyle Louis 50, Farhan Ahmed 4-48, John Turner 4-60) & 196-5 dec. off 44 overs (Alick Athanaze 66*, Joshua Da Silva 51, Mikyle Louis 28, Sonny Baker 2-49)

County Select XI 373-4 dec. off 85 overs (William Luxton 112*, Hamza Shaikh 84, Tom Prest 53, Harry Duke 46*) & 30-2 off 10.3 overs

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