Chase comes to Windies 'A' rescue in six-run win

By March 06, 2018
Roston Chase took the vital last wicket of Sam Hain to save Windies A  blushes at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Roston Chase took the vital last wicket of Sam Hain to save Windies A blushes at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

Crisis man Roston Chase came to the rescue of the Windies 'A' on Tuesday night, getting the wicket of Sam Hain and hand the Windies a tense six-run win over the England Lions at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

It was his only wicket of the match but it came in the final over when the Windies needed it most.

Hain, who scored 144 off 121 balls and included 12 fours and five sixes, along with Matt Parkinson (15*), put on 102 for the last wicket off just 89 balls, to bring the Lions close. That was before Chase induced him to hole out to long off on the third ball of the final over.

England were in dire straits at 165 for 9 when Hain and Matt Parkinson (15) came together to staged their near-miraculous recovery. Hain smashed the bowling to all parts as he pushed back at the Windies bowlers who had earlier to make a mockery of the England batting.

Opener Nick Gubbins had scored 57 as England advanced to 83 for 3. He and Hain put on 51 for the third wicket before Keemo Paul turned the match on its head.

Paul, who had match figures of 5 for 44, dismissed Sam Northeast for one, and Keaton Jennings and Sam Curran for ducks, in the space of four balls to reduce England to 87 for 5. In his next over he removed Paul Coughlin for 3 to have England in further trouble at 93 for 6 and sliding towards defeat.

However, Hain began to restore order and haul England back into the match starting with a 30-run stand for the seventh wicket with Matthew Critchley, then a ninth-wicket stand of 37 with Richard Gleeson before saving his best effort for the 10th-wicket with Parkinson before Chase foiled the comeback.

Rahkeem Cornwall took 2 for 38.

Earlier, Jermaine Blackwood fell one ruin short of a century as the Windies A posted a challenging 272.

Blackwood, who has had a terrible run of form during the three unofficial Tests won by Windies A last month, rebounded with some style hitting five fours and three sixes in his 118-ball knock that provided the platform for the home team’s competitive score.

He featured in three useful stands - 46 for the second wicket with Kieran Powell who made 24; 44 for the fourth wicket with Andre McCarthy who contributed 33 and a stand of 68 with Rahkeem Cornwall who hit six fours and a six in his 44.

The diminutive Jamaican was dismissed for 99 with the score on 244 for 6.  Matt Parkinson, who claimed Blackwood’s wicket, ended with figures of 2 for 37. There were also two wickets each for Richard Gleeson (2 for 30) and Paul Coughlin (2 for 55).



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