WI President’s XI v Eng, 4-day Practice Match : ” I’ve worked very hard, and the rewards are starting to show now.” – Raymon Reifer

The four-day warm-up match between the CWI President’s XI and England ended in a draw on Friday at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

After continuing from their overnight 77-3 in their second innings, the tourists ended up declaring at 164-4 to set the President’s XI a target of 367 to win.

Dan Lawrence (48) and Ben Foakes (44 not out) were England’s main scorers in their second innings.

England for the first innings After scoring 466 runs for the loss of 06 wickets, they decided to declare the innings.

Jonny Bairstow hit a fine, unbeaten century on the second day with 13 boundaries and a six in two dominant sessions of batting in day 02.

Playing their first innings, the West Indies President’s xi were all out for 264 runs.

Keacy Carty (49) narrowly missed out on his second fifty of the game while Jeremy Solozano contributed 32, against two wickets each from Craig Overton, Jack Leach, and Ben Stokes as well as some hostile bowling from Mark Wood.

In the First innings CWI President’s XI’s Thirty-year-old Raymon Reifer scored a combat century. He hit 106 off 182 balls with 15 fours and two sixes.

Commenting on his century, he said that he was able to get this because of his hard work.

“I am feeling really proud about that hundred. I’ve worked from the beginning of the season very hard, and the rewards are starting to show now.”

Reifer also believes that people will look at him more as a batsman because of that century.

“Hopefully, it starts to make people look at me more as a batsman. Hopefully it does that. If not, I’ll just continue to score runs whenever I get the chance.”

He also said that he believes he can hit the ball better than he can bowl.

“I always think I can bat better than I can bowl but obviously with roles in teams, it obviously allowed me to do probably more bowling than batting. But whenever I get the opportunity to bat I just try to make the best of my ability.”

Reifer added that the England bowlers were bowling well at the he start of the inning. So he said he played patiently and took that opportunity when he got a chance to score.

He also noted that he recognized the situation and adapted himself to the way the pitch was being played. Finally, Reifer stated that he was willing to play more Test cricket.

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