Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Ambris, Hope hit centuries as West Indies pile up 451-9 in tour match

West Indies began their tour of New Zealand on a positive note on Saturday as uncapped Sunil Ambris and Shai Hope scored centuries, on day one of the three-day tour match, against New Zealand 'A' at  Wellington's Basin Reserve.

At the end of day one, West Indies piled up 451-9 with Ambris scoring 153 and Hope hitting a steady 110 from 133 balls. 

Ambris who replaced Kyle Hope in the team’s line-up ahead of the series, batted lower down than he normally would entering the line-up at seventh.  He, however, made plenty of use of his time at the wicket to hit 24 fours and a six in his 145-ball stay.

Hope and Ambris staged a rescue effort of sorts as the latter entered the fray at 45-2.  Hope brought up his hundred shortly after a tea with a cracking cover drive off Logan van Beek.

The batsman found runs all around the ground, hitting 19 fours and a six in his near four hour innings.  Roston Chase also played his part in getting the team back on track along with Hope as the duo scored an important 81-run fourth wicket partnership.

Chase got some welcome time in the middle, hitting 49 from 76 balls.  Ferguson was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers ending with 5-67.

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