FINLEY BROOKER and Wendell Bossenger yesterday led a defiant display by Griqualand West at Kimberley as the West Indies were forced to settle for a draw in the opening first-class match of their South African tour.
Brooker, captain of the Griqualand B team, took full advantage of his chance to play in the senior side by hitting 111, his maiden first-class century, as the hosts reached 435 for 9 in their second innings after starting the fourth and final day on 123 for 5, still needing 72 to avoid an innings defeat.
Bossenger made 102, his second first-class hundred, before play was called off an hour early because of fading light. The pair broke a 108-year-old Griqualand West record by putting on 148 for the eighth wicket.
Pat Symcox completed a half-century off only 22 balls on a disappointing day for the West Indies.
Final day of four; Griqualand won toss
GRIQUALAND WEST - First Innings 271 (P H Barnard 58; M Dillon 4-70).
WEST INDIES - First Innings 466 (C L Hooper 109, B C Lara 101, D Ganga 50).
GRIQUALAND WEST Second Innings
(Overnight: 123 for 5)
P H Barnard st Jacobs b Chanderpaul 76
F C Brooker run out (Williams) 111
P L Symcox lbw b Hooper 50
W Bossenger c Wallace b Rose 102
D Kruis not out 12
A J Swanepoel not out 0
Extras (b4 lb4 nb9) 17
Total (for 9) 435
Fall (cont): 6-193 7-258 8-406 9-435.
Bowling: Dillon 30-7-90-1 (nb1); Rose 25.4-6-85-2 (nb8); Hooper 32-10- 63-2; Chanderpaul 32-5-126-2; Ganga 13-4-45-0; Lara 1-0-8-0; Lambert 3- 0-10-0.Reuse content