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WI collapse in match against Easterns

West Indies were indebted to their stand-in captain, Ramnaresh Sarwan, as Easterns continued to keep up the pressure on the third day of the tour match at Willowmoore Park.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2004 01:04 IST

The West Indies lower order collapsed ignominously on Sunday against Easterns, presenting the South African side with a real chance of winning their four day tour match at Willowmoore Park.

The tourists lost their final five wickets for the addition of just 27 runs to be all out for 263, a lead of 284.

By stumps on day three, Easterns had managed to whittle the West Indies' lead down to 256, having staggered to 28 for the loss of Dylan Jennings and Zander de Bruyn.

Jennings, having made three in the first innings, prodded his first ball back to Adam Sanford to be out for a duck.

De Bruyn was then bowled for 15 by Ravi Rampaul in what proved to be the final over of the day after bad light brought a premature close to play.

The Easterns run chase will resume on Monday with Andre Seymore on seven and Daryll Cullinan, who has yet to get off the mark.

Against a severely limited Easterns attack, the West Indies had moved to 236 for five when Gareth Flusk struck.

The left-handed Flusk, who bowled just 10 overs in the first innings, first rid the homeside of Vasbert Drakes for 37. Five balls later, Dave Mohammed edged Flusk to Pierre de Bruyn at slip as the collapse gathered momentum.

With just the tail to come, and the new ball having been taken, stand-in captain Ramnaresh Sarwan attempted to hit out.

Having made 72, however, he tried to cut Morne Morkel but succeeded only in top-edging the delivery to Cullinan at first slip.

The wicket was the first captured by 19-year-old Morne Morkel after he was pasted in the first innings.

He then bowled Adam Sanford for six before his elder brother Albie wrapped up the innings bowling Rampaul for a duck.

First Published: Jan 11, 2004 23:11 IST