Edwards steers Windies A to series win
Kirk Edwards made a case for a return to the senior side by hammering a century as West Indies A claimed the series with a 45 run victory over India A in the third unofficial One Day International, yesterday.
Edwards, who last played for the West Indies in May last year, increased his comeback chances with a top score of 104 to anchor the Caribbean side’s second victory in a row following their opening loss to India A.
Edwards and Leon Johnson, who scored a half-century, powered the visitors to a formidable 312 for nine in 50 overs, while the Indians stumbled to 267 for 8 in their 50 overs.
Edwards arrived at the crease after a powerful 74-run opening stand in just 13 overs between skipper Kieran Powell and Andre Fletcher.
Powell scored 40 from 33 balls including four fours and a six, while Fletcher’s knock of 28 yielded two fours and a six.
Edwards built his innings steadily, taking singles before accelerating and reaching fifty with a massive six over long-on that landed perilously close to the press box windows.
He hit 12 fours and three sixes and shared stands of 66 and 93 with Jonathan Carter and Johnson, respectively.
Johnson scored an aggressive 54 in 42 balls that contained four fours and three sixes, while Carter followed up on his century in the second match with a well-played 35.
West Indies made 100 runs off the last ten overs.
Jaydev Unadcat was the pick of the Indian bowlers with five for 55.
The only effort that kept India in the hunt was the third-wicket stand of 112, off 117 balls, between Baba Aparajith and Yuvraj Singh.
Aparajith scored 78, hitting six fours and a six, while Singh smashed four boundaries and three sixes as he continued his fine run of form with 61.
Veerasammy Permaul grabbed three for 55 for Windies A, while Miguel Cummins picked up two for 46.
SCORES: West Indies A 312/9 in 50 overs (Kirk Edwards 104, Leon Johnson 54, Kieran Powell 40; J Unadcat 5-55), India A 267/8 in 50 overs (Baba Aparajith 78, Yuvraj Singh 61; Veerasammy Permaul 3-55, Miguel Cummins 2-46)—West Indies A won by 45 runs