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UPDATE: Warrican-inspired Windies A on the verge of victory

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny — Jomel Warrican and Shane Dowrich played starring roles as West Indies A homed in on victory against England Lions on Tuesday's third day of the first unofficial four-day Test at Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.

At close of play, West Indies A were 31-1 in their second innings, chasing 106 runs to go one-nil up in the three-match series.

The not out batsman is Captain Kieran Powell on 16. Fellow left-hand opener John Campbell was dismissed by spinner Jack Leach for 15 to what turned out to be the last ball of the day.

Play is scheduled to begin 9:30 am tomorrow — half an hour earlier than usual — to make up for time lost yesterday due to repair work done on the bowlers' landing area at both ends of the pitch.

The game was pushed forward quickly due to the England Lions' second-innings collapse Tuesday afternoon that saw them bowled out for 132 after they had surrendered a first-innings lead of 27 runs.

Scores: Lions 252 (107.5 ovs) & 132 (59.3 ovs); Windies A 279 (96 ovs) & 31-1 (4.4 ovs)
West Indies A's slow left-arm orthodox bowler Warrican was the chief destroyer, snaring 7-33 from 23 overs and three balls. It is the best by a West Indian versus England at this level .

Earlier in the day, Dowrich, the West Indies Test wicketkeeper, made a stylish 119 for his fifth first-class hundred. The 26-year-old shared in a match-changing ninth-wicket partnership of 161 runs with Warrican, who ended unbeaten on 71. It was Warrican's maiden half-century at the first-class level after previously having a best of 32.

Sanjay Myers