WICB President’s XI in strong position

Hetmyer, Singh, Powell record fifties

Half centuries from Shimron Hetmyer, Vishaul Singh and Kieran Powell put West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President’s XI in a strong position at 311-5 at the close on day one of their First Class match against the touring Pakistan side on Saturday at the Trelawny Multiplex in Florence Hall, Jamaica.

Shimron Hetmyer

Hetmyer (97) fell three short of a well-deserved century, Powell made 58 while Singh is insight of triple figures on unbeaten 81 and with him to resume day two is all-rounder Raymon Reifer on 36. Jahmar Hamilton chipped in with 26.

The President’s XI skipper, Shamarh Brooks won the toss and took first strike. They were not off to the best start, losing Kyle Hope for two with just two runs on the board as Mohammad Amir struck an early blow. However, a 148-run second wicket partnership between Hetmyer and Powell set a firm foundation for the other batsmen to build on, before the former was removed by Yasir Shah three runs short of another milestone.

From 150-2 they suffered a brief lapse in concentration as two wickets fell for 43 runs. However, that did much to hamper the President’s XI progress for the remaider of the day as they added another 118 runs for the loss of just one more wicket.

Amir (2-45) has been the visitors’ best bowler so far in the match while Shah and Muhammad Ashgar have claimed a wicket each.