Sky Sports – Three-figure partnerships for the sixth and eighth wickets saved the West Indies from potential embarrassment after the tourists had been reduced to 64 for five by Leicestershire on Saturday.

Summary

  • Kieran Powell and Shane Dowrich started the recovery and after Dieter Klein dismissed the former, Dowrich and Shimron Hetmyer went on to centuries in an unbroken stand of 186 to allow captain Jason Holder to declare at 377-7.
  • The runs were also well-timed from a personal point of view, with both Powell, who made 82, and Dowrich, who made an unbeaten 108, having been among the few West Indies batting failures in their remarkable victory over England in the second Test at Headingley last week.
  • Hetmyer was playing just his third innings of the tour and, in scoring an unbeaten 128, played with freedom and real style against the old ball as Leicestershire’s attack tired on the first evening of the two-day game.
  • It was not a flawless innings – Gavin Griffiths failed to hold a very catchable caught-and-bowled opportunity when Hetmyer was on 39, and he went to 99 with an inside edge off Zak Chappell that diving keeper Harry Swindells got a glove to.
  • Shai Hope, scorer of centuries in both innings at Headingley, played several high-class drives as he and Powell added 48 for the third wicket but having gone to 28 in quick time, Hope played loosely at a straight delivery was bowled off the inside edge by Richard Jones.


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