Windies warm-up washed out

Grace Road clash abandoned as a draw

Last updated: 3rd June 2012  

Windies warm-up washed out

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The West Indies' preparations for the third and final Test were hampered by the weather as their warm-up match at Leicestershire was abandoned as a draw.

The tourists were hoping for more time in the middle after Darren Bravo and Adrian Barath his half-centuries on the rain hit first day of the two-day clash.

But torrential overnight showers saturated the outfield at Grace Road, and umpires Mark Benson and Russell Evans decided their was no possibility of any play on Sunday.

Bravo cracked an aggessive 66 as the tourists reached 150-3 at stumps on Saturday, with Barath grinding out an unbeaten 53 from 151 balls.

Sunil Narine had been left out of the side after flying in to replace the injured Kemar Roach, but the spinner is expected to make his Test debut at Edgbaston this week.

Day One

Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo hit half-centuries as West Indies reached stumps on 150-3 against Leicestershire on a rain-interrupted first day at Grace Road.

But there was no joy for out-of-form batsmen Kirk Edwards and Kieran Powell, who both fell cheaply in the two-day warm-up game ahead of the third Test against England at Edgbaston next week.

Leicestershire seamer Nadeem Malik dismissed them in the same over - Powell out for nine and Edwards for a duck.

Barath and Bravo then shared a third-wicket stand of 111 in 33 overs to pull the tourists out of trouble.

Early morning rain delayed the start by half-an-hour, and acting captain Edwards had no hesitation in deciding to bat after winning the toss.

He, more than anyone, needed as much time in the middle as possible but, instead, his miserable tour continued.

Barath and Powell put on 25 in the first eight overs, before Malik struck twice in four balls. Powell edged to wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley off Malik's first delivery and his fourth accounted for Edwards, pinned lbw by a ball of full length.

Struggling

It was the West Indies vice-captain's fourth duck in eight innings on a tour in which he has managed a total of only 20 runs with a top score of eight.

Fortunately for the tourists, Barath and Bravo looked in good touch as they steadily built an excellent partnership for the third wicket.

West Indies' progress was then halted for more than an hour by an afternoon rain shower, but on the resumption Bravo immediately struck two fours off Malik, helping him on the way to his 50 off 83 balls with eight boundaries.

Having hit 66 off 97 balls, Bravo went for another expansive drive and was bowled by left-arm seamer Rob Taylor.

Barath reached his 50 off 136 balls with a boundary off Sykes - his fourth - but with the light worsening, play was called off for the day at 6pm with the opener unbeaten on 53 and Assad Fudadin on seven not out.