Barbados and West Indies batsman Shai Hope scored an eye-catching century as the WICB President’s XI made 281 for 7 in 87 overs, on the final day of their two-day match against the touring Indians at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts, today.
Hope, competing for a place in the first Test in Antigua starting on July 21, struck 15 boundaries in his unbeaten 118 made off 229 balls in 355 minutes of batting.
The right-hander who has already played six Tests and been forced into the unfamiliar spot as opener, batted at number three and shared in a 122-run second-wicket partnership with Guyanese opener Rajendra Chandrika who compiled 69 in 142 balls with 10 boundaries before he was dismissed by leg-spinner Amit Mishra, stumped by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.
Wickets then tumbled around Hope as other Test hopefuls Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Vishaul Singh and Shane Dowrich all failed. Blackwood was dismissed by Mishra first-ball after the departure of Chandrika, caught at the wicket by Saha.
But Hope found a willing partner in left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican who made an unbeaten 50 batting at number nine. He hit seven boundaries in 102 minutes at the crease where he faced 75 deliveries. The two added an enterprising 104 runs.
Mishra finished with the best figures of 4 for 67 in 27 overs. India had declared on their overnight total of 258 for 6.
The two sides meet again in a three-day fixture at Warner Park starting on July 14. (WG)