West Indies took a strong side to Chelmsford to face Essex in a three-day Tour Match before they come to The 3aaa County Ground in the historic Bell & Co Tour Match versus Derbyshire, starting on Friday 11 August.
The touring side, which arrives in Derby for a three-day pink ball fixture, starting on Friday 11 August at 2pm, put in a good batting display before reducing Essex to 185-9 declared in the drawn match.
Kraigg Brathwaite, who has scored five Test centuries in 37 matches, struck 61 at the top of the order before Paul Walter took two quick wickets, bringing Roston Chase to the crease.
The in-form middle-order batsman top-scored with 81 and fellow 25-year-old Jermaine Blackwood added 59 as the tourists posted 338-8 declared.
Kemar Roach shone with the ball for West Indies, taking 5-43 off 18 overs as his pace and bounce proved a stern test for the Essex batsmen. Miguel Cummins chipped in with two wickets and there was one for leg spinner Devendra Bishoo, as the hosts declared on 185-9.
Chase was in the runs in the second innings, reaching a second half-century to head into the historic match in Derby in fine form.
The three-day Tour Match will be the first of it’s kind at The 3aaa County Ground, played with a pink ball between 2pm and 9pm; starting on Friday 11 August.
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The tourists are expected to field another strong side and it’s the last chance to see them in action before they begin their Test series in England with the first day/night Test in the country at Edgbaston.
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