Blackwood ton seals HPC Day 3 advantage
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Jermaine Blackwood made a strong case for selection on the West Indies senior team with a powerful century for the West Indies High Performance Centre against Bangladesh A at Kensington Oval here Wednesday.
The former West Indies Under 19 star roared to 147 to help cement the HPC’s advantage against Bangladesh cricketers on the third day of the second and final four day “test”.
The visitors, chasing a victory target of 490 runs, were 32- for three at stumps, after the home side, on the strength of Blackwood’s three figure score, supported by an outstanding half century from Assad Fudadin, declared their second innings on 354 for five.
The HPC moved to enhance their chance of an outright victory by embarking on a run fest after resuming on their overnight total of 24 without loss.
Blackwood arrived at the crease at the fall of Chadwick Walton’s wicket and was soon outscoring Fudadin in a second wicket partnership that produced 207 runs.
The Jamaican batsman raced to his century with a boundary even before his Guyanese team mate reached his half century.
Blackwood counted 12 boundaries and five sixes until the partnership ended when he was stumped while Fudadin departed 11 runs shy of his century, caught at the wicket after smashing seven fours and a six.
Sheldon Cotterel and Miguel Cummings inflicted setbacks to the Bangladesh run chase by capturing the three wickets to have fallen before the close.
Cotterel bagged two for 14 while Cummins picked up a wicket for the same number of runs with Bangladesh A still requiring another 458 runs with seven second innings wicket intact and a day remaining.
Sagicor HPC 1st Innings: 354 All Out (89.2 Overs). Leon Johnson 74, Jonathan Carter 54, Carlos Brathwaite* 46, Sheldon Cottrell 42; Taijul Islam 29-6-95-2, Mukter Ali 12-2-48-2, Elias Sunny 20-0-77-2, Robiul Islam 13.2-1-65-2.
Bangladesh-A 1st Innings: 219 All Out (71.5 Overs). Nasir Hossain* 53, Marshall Ayueb 41, Nurul Hasan+ 36, Imrul Kayes 21; Sheldon Cottrell 11-5-30-3, Devendra Bishoo 14-3-57-3, Ashley Nurse 19-5-57-1, Miguel Cummins 10.5-3-36-1.
Sagicor HPC 2nd Innings: 354/5 Declared (94 Overs). Jermaine Blackwood 147, Assad Fudadin 89, Leon Johnson 63*, Chadwick Walton+ 20; Nasir Hossain 16-4-52-2, Taijul Islam 23-1-62-1, Mukter Ali 13-4-40-1, Shubhagoto Hom 11-0-58-1.
Bangladesh-A 2nd Innings: 32/3 (10 Overs). Imrul Kayes 13, Samsur Rahman 9, Elias Sunny 4, Muminul Haque 1*; Sheldon Cottrell 5-1-14-2, Miguel Cummins 5-0-14-1.