Campbell inspires W Indies

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A century yesterday by opener Sherwin Campbell ensured the West Indies will go into next week's third Test against Australia in confident mood after a six-wicket defeat of Victoria in Wangaratta yesterday.

Campbell was 112 not out as the West Indies passed their target of 216 midway through the final day, finishing on 219 for 4. Campbell has hit two of the three centuries notched on tour by the West Indians, having raised his bat in the first Test in Brisbane last month. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who missed the match against Victoria, scored the first century with 123 against Western Australia last month.

The West Indies resumed on 41 for 1 yesterday with Campbell and Brian Lara both on 14. Lara went on to make 46 before falling to the leg-spinner Brad Stacey for 46 as the West Indies lost three wickets in the morning session, but Jimmy Adams stayed with Campbell to the close.

Sachin Tendulkar stroked a confident 62 as his Indian side enjoyed a satisfactory workout on yesterday's rain-affected second day of their three-day tour opener against Eastern Province in Port Elizabeth.

Although rain stopped play shortly after tea for the second day in a row, India's top six all enjoyed useful time at the crease before Tendulkar declared at lunch on 335 for 6.

Saurav Ganguly top scored with 97 and Rahul Dravid weighed in with a breezy 31 not out. Eastern Province then reached 108 for 2 in reply. The first Test against South Africa begins in Durban on Thursday.

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