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West Indies win comfortably with spin

The touring West Indians warmed up for a five-match one-day series against South Africa with a comfortable 65-run win over South Africa A.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2004 10:46 IST

The touring West Indians warmed up for a five-match one-day international series against South Africa with a comfortable 65-run win over South Africa A at Boland Park Friday.

Steadiness and spin proved the right formula for the tourists on a slow pitch.

Promising medium-fast bowler Ravi Rampaul may have earned himself a place in the side for the first international against South Africa at Newlands Sunday when he took two for 23 in ten accurate overs.

Off-spinners Ryan Hurley, Chris Gayle and Ricardo Powell were all able to tie down the South African batsmen who seldom looked like overhauling a moderate West Indian total of 230 for eight.

Skipper Neil McKenzie made 51 but laboured for his runs, which were scored off 90 balls.

Opening batsman Gayle made 61 for the West Indians before falling to left-arm spinner Nicky Boje when he was caught behind attempting to cut.

Off-spinner Justin Ontong took two for 27 in ten overs and Boje claimed two for 35 in six overs in his return after a long-term leg injury.

Gayle got the tourists off to a good start as he and Shivanrine Chanderpaul (13) put on 58 for the first wicket in the first 12 overs.

But the scoring rate slowed when Ontong, playing on his home ground, came into the attack and tied down the batsmen with his accurate, flighted deliveries.

Boje, playing in his first match since breaking an ankle while fielding during South Africa's tour of England in July, was more expensive than Ontong, being hit for two sixes by Smith, but picked up the wickets of Gayle and Smith (35).

The West Indians were 143 for five in the 38th over when Smith was caught on the long-off boundary but captain Brian Lara (37) and wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs (40 not out) added 53 for the sixth wicket off 53 balls to enable the tourists to post a reasonable total.

The South Africans also started well, with Martin van Jaarsveld and Loots Bosman putting on 52 for the first wicket before Bosman was leg before wicket to Mervyn Dillon in the 13th over.

Van Jaarsveld was caught at midwicket off Rampaul four balls later and the South African second stringers were unable to maintain any momentum afterwards, with McKenzie and Hashim Amla using up 13 overs in adding 41 for the third wicket.