Unbeaten half-centuries from Sunil Ambris and Vishual Singh have steered West Indies A to 236 for 4 after 76.1overs at stumps on the first day of the first unofficial Test against Sri Lanka in Trelawny, Jamaica on Wednesday.
Ambris’ 62 has come from 75 balls and included 10 fours while Singh’s unbeaten 58 was more patient, coming from 174 balls with only three fours.
The two will be hoping to add significantly to their fifth-wicket stand of 91 tomorrow.
Captain Shamarh Brooks won the toss and chose to bat in the match that got off to a late start because of a damp pitch.
Despite the conditions, Montcin Hodge and John Campbell started steadily and put on an opening stand of 44 before Hodge was stumped by wicketkeeper Sundun Weerakody for 13 off the bowling of Malinda Pushpakumara.
Brooks joined Campbell and together they started to build a second wicket partnership but then Brooks was run out for 19, leaving the home team on 76 for 2. Campbell found a solid partner in Singh and together they mounted a third-wicket stand of 51 before the opener became Weerakody’s second stumping of the day, out for 56 off the bowling of Shehan Jayasuriya.
Jahmar Hamilton didn’t last long before he was trapped leg before by Pushpakumara for six and the West Indies in a bit of a bother at 145 for 4 after 50.1 overs.
Ambris joined Singh and together they repelled the Sri Lankan bowling attack until the close of play.
Pushpakumara was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with 2 for 62 from19.1 overs. Jayasuriya was the only other wicket-taker with 1 for 39 from 16 overs.