Monday, May 26, 2008

Masterful innings at Sabina Park by Symmo

Andrew Symonds’ innings of 79 for Australia set up an enthralling final day in the first Test against West Indies at Jamaica, saving the world champions from potential embarrassment.

West Indies were set 287 to win and were 41-1 at the close after Brenton Parchment fell caught behind to Stuart Clark. Devon Smith, on 19, and skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan, on eight, were the not out batsmen. The highest fourth innings total to win at Sabina Park is 212 by West Indies against Sri Lanka in 2003.

Australia were 17-5 when Symonds came to the crease and although they held a first innings lead of 119 runs, the situation was not too auspicious for them until Symonds’ 118-ball effort that included nine boundaries and three sixes.

Australia managed to reach 167 after being bowled out in 56.5 overs as Dwayne Bravo finished the pick of the bowling with 4-47 after Fidel Edwards and Daren Powell each claimed three wickets.

Monday’s play at Old Trafford, Manchester – where England are playing New Zealand - and in Jamaica, will see England and West Indies chasing record scores on the ground to win their respective Test matches.

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