Kirk McKenzie (209*) and Kevin Wickham (104*) both hit maiden First-Class tons as West Indies Academy closes day three against Team Weekes 378-4

By April 28, 2023
Kirk McKenzie (right) and Kevin Wickham (left) leaving the field at stumps on day three. Kirk McKenzie (right) and Kevin Wickham (left) leaving the field at stumps on day three. CWI Media

Kirk McKenzie and Kevin Wickham both hit their maiden First-Class hundreds as the West Indies Academy ended day three of their Headley-Weekes Tri-Series match against Team Weekes trailing by only 23 runs at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

McKenzie, the 22-year-old Jamaican opening batsman, ended the day on a magnificent 209* while Wickham, the 20-year-old Bajan, ended 104* as the Academy, replying to Team Weekes’ 401 all out, ended day three 378-4 off 121 overs.

McKenzie’s knock has, so far, come off 365 deliveries and included 25 fours and a six while Wickham has faced 223 balls, hitting eight fours and a six.

Earlier, Ackeem Auguste made 21 and Kevlon Anderson, who got 153 in their first game against Team Headley, made 26.

Jair McAllister and Kevin Sinclair have both taken a pair of wickets, each, for Team Weekes.

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