Debutante Keemo Paul spurs Windies 'A' to series win over Lions

By March 09, 2018
Keemo Paul  scored 55 and took three wickets to steer Windies A to series win. Keemo Paul scored 55 and took three wickets to steer Windies A to series win.

Emergency call-up Keemo Paul produced a Man-of-the-Match performance, scoring a crucial half-century and taking three wickets, to steer the West Indies to a 26-run victory over the England Lions on Friday night.

The win gives the Windies A 2-0 series win with one match to go on March 11.

It might not have occurred without Paul’s input. The Guyanese all-rounder was called up after fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell suffered a hamstring injury forcing the selectors to call Paul as a replacement.

His contribution was immediate.

With the West Indies struggling at 153 for 7 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, after Jermaine Blackwood was dismissed for 53, Paul scored a 40-ball 55 that included four fours and four sixes, while mounting a 97-run ninth-wicket partnership with Raymon Reifer to propel the Windies A to 256 for 9.

Reifer scored an unbeaten 45 in the critical 77-ball partnership.

During their chase, England was relatively comfortable at 173 for 4 thanks to Alex Davies’s 38, Sam Northeast, 34, and Keaton Jennings, 33.

Northeast and Davies had put on 52 for the third wicket as England progressed to 99 for 3 after Paul had dismissed Sam Hain for 21 to reduce England to 47 for 2 in the 10th over. Jennings and Sam Curran, 26, again put England back on the path to victory with a fifth-wicket stand of 58.

Roston Chase, the hero of the first match, broke the partnership when he had Jennings caught and bowled for 33 to make the score 173 for 5. Eight balls later Odean Smith bowled Curran for 26 and England were in trouble again at 175 for 6, still needing 81 runs for victory with 61 balls left.

Paul ensured victory for the Windies 'A' when he dismissed Matthew Critchley for 20 and Richard Gleeson for 1 to end any further thought of resistance.

Paul finished with figures of 3 for 55 while Jomel Warrican picked up 3 for 41. Chase had figures of 2 for41.


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