Bryan Charles’ 5-fer stalls England batting on day 1
CWI President’s XI tour match v England…
The England cricket team started their tour of the West Indies on Tuesday with a two-day tour match at the Three Ws Oval, in Bridgetown, Barbados. England batted the entire day, scoring 284 runs all out. Bryan Charles was the pick of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) President’s XI bowlers with 5-90 from 20.4 overs of testing off-spin. He removed the big names like Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali.
The Englishmen took first strike under heated conditions in Bridgetown; England
openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings went out to bat, but they only added 22 runs together, in 9.2 overs. Jennings was dismissed for 10, caught by Guyanese Vishaul Singh off the bowling of Alzarri Joseph. Newly-appointed number three Test batsman Johnny Bairstow fell for four, leaving the tourists reeling at 34-2. Rory Burns held his nerves and fought hard during his 70-ball 35 runs. He was trapped in front by Barbadian right-arm fast bowler Chemar Holder.
After the 72-run partnership between Root and Burns, Stokes partnered his captain, and the duo dominated the game. Root was very aggressive in his stroke-play, hitting 12 fours and two sixes in his run-a-ball 87. Stokes made 56 from 97 balls, including seven fours and one six.
Root fell at 175-4 and at tea, England were 202-4 with the upper-hand in the practice match. However, Trinidadian Charles had other plans for the English middle-order batsmen. Charles and Chemar Holder shared eight wickets between themselves taking the final six wickets for 82 runs. Ali offer some resistance with a 50-ball 21 and Chris Woakes spent some time with an unbeaten 22, but Charles had the final say. The 23-year-old grabbed a five-wicket haul, removing final batsman Stuart Broad for 14.
Charles finished with 5-90 in 20.4 overs with an economy rate of 4.35, while Chemar Holder finished with 3-67 in 14 overs. Guyana Jaguars bowler Raymon Reifer had one wicket as did Joseph. (Brandon Corlette)