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Gabriel worry for WI as batsmen find form


Roston Chase joined the Hope brothers in scoring a century © Getty Images

West Indians 427 for 3 dec (Chase 110*, S Hope 107*) and 60 for 1 lead Derbyshire 181 (Brodrick 52, Holder 3-48) by 306 runs

Shai Hope and Roston Chase warmed up impressively for next week’s first Test at Edgbaston on a worrying day for West Indies’ main strike bowler.

After Hope and Chase scored unbeaten centuries, Shannon Gabriel bowled 20 no-balls and conceded 64 runs from his nine overs as Derbyshire were bowled out for 181 with Calum Brodrick top scoring with 52 on his first-class debut in reply to the tourists 427 for 3 declared. Skipper Jason Holder was the stand-out bowler with 3 for 48 but Gabriel’s performance in his first game of the tour will be a concern with the opening Test only five days away.

Holder chose to bat again and Kraigg Brathwaite failed for the second time in the match before the tourists closed on 60 for 1 in their second innings, a lead of 306 going into the third and final day of the game.

Although Brathwaite managed only 14 runs in the match, the rest of the batting looks in decent shape with Hope and Chase reaching their sixth centuries in first-class cricket off successive balls in the 11th over of the day. The pair added another 87, with Hope unbeaten on 107 and and Chase 110 to take their unbroken stand to 196 before Holder called a halt.

Gabriel’s problems began in his third over from the City End when he twice lost his run-up, bowled five no-balls and was straight driven for two fours by 22-year-old opener Charlie Macdonnell.

Kemar Roach had Macdonnell caught behind for nine and a three-wicket burst from Holder saw the tourists take six wickets between lunch and tea through disciplined, aggressive fast bowling to reduce Derbyshire to 115 for 7.

All seven wickets fell to catches behind the wicket, with five for wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and two for Kieran Powell at first slip with Holder taking three wickets in nine balls. But Brodrick made the most of a bad drop by Chase when he was on 39 to make a half-century before he charged Chase in his first over and was stumped.

After Tony Palladino clipped Chase to midwicket and Matt Sonczak edged Roach to slip, Holder chose not to enforce the follow-on which allowed his batsmen more experience of playing under the floodlights against the pink ball.

Brathwaite faced 43 balls before he drove loosely at James Taylor and was taken low down at gully to give the 16-year-old seamer his maiden first-class wicket but Powell added an unbeaten 41 to his first innings 92.

ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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