Brathwaite, Cummins lead HPC demolition

Lucas Sreet, CMC — Captain Kraigg Brathwaite’s sixth first class hundred and fast bowler Miguel Cummins’s four-wicket haul, helped West Indies High Performance Centre crush Bangladesh A by 351 runs inside three days, in their opening four-day “Test” here Wednesday.

The right-handed Brathwaite made 164 to propel his side to 351 for eight declared, after they resumed the day on 170 for two. Leon Johnson added just two to his overnight 40 while Jonathan Carter chipped in with 49 and Carlos Brathwaite, 37.

Set a mammoth 504 for victory, Bangladesh A were undermined by Cummins who grabbed four for 45, as they crumbled for a disappointing 152 all out. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed three for 58 while left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell took two for 25.

Opener Shamsur Rahman top scored 33 while wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan chipped in with 23 but the visitors were unable to deal with the firepower from the HPC.

Following the HPC’s declaration, the tone for the innings was set in the 11 overs available before tea where Cummins produced a hostile spell to reduce Bangladesh to 58 for two.

Cummins shook up Imrul Kayes before removing him for five with the score on 11 and he also accounted for Marshall Ayub to a catch at the wicket for 18, at 33 for two.

Shamsur and Mominul Haque (22) carried Bangladesh A to the safety of tea and continued their resistance afterward, as they posted 39 for the third wicket.

However, Shamsur’s dismissal triggered a collapse that saw three wickets fall for 16 runs, and which left the tourists struggling again on 88 for five. Mominul carried on the fight for just over 1-1/2 hours before finally succumbing, lbw to Bishoo with the score on 105.

Nurul and Muktar Ali, who hit 20 from 30 balls with three fours and a six, staged one last stand of 31 for the seventh wicket before Bishoo ended that resistance by knocking over Muktar.

Earlier, Kraigg Brathwaite converted his overnight 96 into a hundred as he fell just short of his equaling his career-best 165. He faced 237 deliveries, in three hours and 41 minutes at the crease, striking 15 fours and a six.

He lost Johnson early in the morning just three short of their century stand, but found allies in Carter and namesake Carlos Brathwaite, to add crucial runs.

With Carter he put on 69 for the fourth wicket, the left-hander gathering seven fours and a six in a busy 50-knock. The two Brathwaites then added 72 for the seventh wicket, with Carlos facing 40 balls and striking five fours.

Brathwaite’s dismissal triggered the HPC’s declaration, allowing them to set about the Bangladesh A innings with relish.

Summarized Scores:

Sagicor HPC 1st Innings: 292 All Out (86.3 Overs). Jermaine Blackwood 140, Leon Johnson 56, Assad Fudadin 22, Chadwick Walton+ 15; Taijul Islam 27-4-83-3, Robiul Islam 16.3-1-86-3, N Hossain 11-3-25-1, Naeem Islam 8-1-20-1.

Bangladesh-A 1st Innings: 140 All Out (41.4 Overs). Imrul Kayes 32, Muktar Ali 31, Shamsur Rahman 28, Taijul Islam 14; Carlos Brathwaite 14-3-45-4, Miguel Cummins 8.4-1-25-3, Sheldon Cottrell 10-4-29-2, Jonathan Carter 9-2-36-1.

Sagicor HPC 2nd Innings: 140 All Out (41.4 Overs). Kraigg Brathwaite* 164, Jonathan Carter 49, Leon Johnson 42, Carlos Brathwaite 37; Taijul Islam 26-2-95-3, Robiul Islam 13.1-1-64-2, Mukter Ali 17-0-62-1, Muminul Haque 12-0-44-1.

Bangladesh-A 2nd Innings: 152 All Out (38.2 Overs). Samsur Rahman 33, Nurul Hasan+ 23, Muminul Haque 22, Mukter Ali 20; Miguel Cummins 12-3-40-4, Davendra Bishoo 14.2-3-58-3, Sheldon Cottrell 6-0-25-2, Carlos Brathwaite 6-1-19-1.

Sagicor HPC won by 351 runs

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