Match ends in a draw

BASSETERRE: Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, and Paul Collingwood all came close, but failed to cross over the hundred-run threshold as England’s tour match against West Indies ‘A’ ended in a draw on Saturday.

Left-hander Strauss was dismissed for 97, Pietersen made 90, and Collingwood gathered 82, as England was dismissed for 414, replying to the first innings total of 574 for eight declared on the third and final day of the match at Warner Park.

West Indies ‘A’ had reached 16 without loss in its second innings when the match was wrapped up about an hour before the scheduled close with no outright result possible.

The docile pitch and relatively inexperienced attack offered England’s batsmen a chance for a meaningful warm-up prior to the first Test against West Indies, starting at Sabina Park on Wednesday.

Strauss, Pietersen, and Collingwood all made the most of the opportunity, but they all failed to cross the final hurdle, as the bowlers stuck to their task.The scores: West Indies ‘A’ 574 for eight decl. (Lendl Simmons 282, Adrian Barath 132, Steve Harmison four for 101) and 13 without loss drew with England 414 (Andrew Strauss 97, Kevin Pietersen 90, Paul Collingwood 82, Ian Bell 52).

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