Holder XI 120 for five (Da Silva 60*) v Brathwaite XI
West Indies captain Jason Holder had one other brief keep on the crease because the vacationers’ second and remaining intra-squad match earlier than subsequent week’s first Take a look at in opposition to England lastly bought beneath means at Emirates Previous Trafford.
Holder has been lately troubled by an ankle niggle and whereas the Windies have performed down considerations about whether or not he’s nonetheless hampered by the damage, he’s working out of possibilities to get some match sharpness beneath his belt.
He was out for a golden duck and didn’t bowl within the Windies’ first inner match final week, and he seemed in poor health comfy throughout his temporary time within the center on Tuesday, when the all-rounder was dismissed for less than 5 off 13 balls.
In reality, he may have departed for a second successive nought after he clipped his second ball to midwicket, just for Preston McSween to spill a comparatively easy probability.
Jermaine Blackwood was additionally out for a single-figure rating because the intermittent rain, which had worn out the primary 4 periods of this four-day fixture, relented to permit play to begin at 2.20pm native time beneath floodlights.
The wickets of Blackwood and Holder had been a part of a top-order wobble that noticed the facet led by the latter lurch from 79 for 1 to 108 for five in opposition to a Kraigg Brathwaite XI earlier than closing early on 120 for five on account of dangerous gentle.
The choice to desert plans to pursue first-class standing for this contest meant Oshane Thomas was drafted in to open the bowling. The paceman made a direct impression as a precision yorker castled Sheyne Moseley first ball.
It was a dramatic begin to the sport however thereafter Thomas over-pitched in an effort to search out early swing whereas Keon Harding was wayward and bowled a number of no-balls to permit Joshua Da Silva and Sunil Ambris to construct a platform.
Da Silva was the aggressor and the mainstay of the innings, getting off the mark with a streaky flash over the slips off Harding however then step by step warming to his process with a collection of silky front-foot drives.
The pair went alongside at 5 an over in a 79-run stand, which was ended when Ambris, on 25, bought a top-edge off Chemar Holder (2 for 15) which looped to short-leg, leaving Marquino Mindley to run in and take a stooping catch.
Blackwood, aiming for a recall on the Ageas Bowl on July eight practically three years after his final Take a look at begin, made simply 1 off six balls earlier than Mindley discovered the skin edge and John Campbell took a easy probability at second slip.
Campbell had no downside additionally snaffling Nkrumah Bonner, who failed to bother the scorers after an tried drive off Chemar Holder caught the sting. However McSween would give the paceman’s namesake an opportunity early in his innings.
Jason Holder, although, couldn’t capitalise on his reprieve because the frugal Anderson Phillip (6-3-9-1) put the ball on size and the skipper tentatively prodded ahead, nicking to Shamarh Brooks at a large third slip.
Da Silva was measured amid the cluster of wickets and though he’s listed within the 11 reserves – with seemingly solely paceman Shannon Gabriel in with a risk of being elevated from that group into the Take a look at squad – the opener was nonetheless there on the shut on 60 not out when the gamers got here off 45 minutes into the ultimate session.
Initially the gamers, sporting their navy and maroon coaching kits, had been scheduled to play till 7.30pm native time however the darkening skies led to Da Silva and Raymon Reifer (2no) strolling off simply earlier than 6pm on the second day.