Reifer takes five wickets on day two of West Indies warm-up match
Left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer pressed his West Indies Test claims with five wickets in 11 balls on day two of the intra-squad warm-up game at Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (PHOTO: Cricket West Indies).
Shane Dowrich and Shamarh Brooks were undefeated on half-centuries at the lunch interval on the third and final day of the West Indies' intra-squad match at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday.
Brooks, who was dismissed for 17 in the first innings, reached 66 from 99 balls, while Dowrich, who made six in the first innings, climbed to 56 from 83 balls as the side led by Test vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite reached 231 for four at lunch. They had resumed the day with a lead of 181 at 99 for three.
Jamaican John Campbell made up for his day-one duck with an attacking 49 in the second innings.
Meanwhile, the selectors could find it difficult to leave out left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer in the first Test after he took five wickets in 11 balls on day two Wednesday's second day.
"I was trying to hit the top of off stump and create problems for the batsman. I’ve played here in England before on the last tour (2017). I didn’t play a Test match but I played a few warm-up matches so I learned a few things and used them to my advantage today,” said Reifer, who played his only Test match in New Zealand in December 2017.
He was speaking to reporters via the Zoom link after the day’s play.
“The conditions here are helpful to the bowlers … someone with my pace who can get the ball to move around. It’s about working hard and putting yourself in the best position to perform for the team. It’s about putting in the performance and waiting for your opportunity.”
The all-rounder claimed five for 60 to reduce the side captained by Test captain Jason Holder to 111 for seven from 95 for two in the afternoon session.
Jason Holder's side was eventually bowled out for 193, 82 runs behind the 275 made Brathwaite's XI on Wednesday'.
Jason Holder was one of Reifer's victims, out lbw for a first-ball duck.
Reifer also removed Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua da Silva, Shayne Moseley (40), and Rahkeem Cornwall
Sunil Ambris top-scored with 52 before falling to Chemar Holder, while Jamaican seamer Marquino Mindley supported with three wickets.
The game is the first top-level cricket anywhere in the world since the suspension of cricket in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The West Indies squad will live, train and play in a “bio-secure” environment during the seven weeks of the tour of England, as part of the comprehensive medical and operations plans to ensure player and staff safety.
The bio-secure protocols will restrict movement in and out of the venues, so the selection panel has also named a list of reserve players who will travel to train and help prepare the Test squad and ensure replacements are available in case of any injury.
West Indies test squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer and Kemar Roach.
Reserve Players: Sunil Ambris, Joshua DaSilva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas and Jomel Warrican.
WISDEN TROPHY TEST SCHEDULE
July 8-12: 1st Test at Ageas Bowl, Southampton
July 16-20: 2nd Test at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
July 24-28: 3rd Test at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester