Pooran makes 46 in first red-ball match in six years

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    Nicholas Pooran during the World Cup in 2019 (File photo credit: Getty Images)

    For the first time since 2014, Nicholas Pooran has played red-ball cricket and batting for West Indies A, has made 46 against New Zealand A.

    The two teams began their two-match first class series yesterday with West Indies batting first.

    Pooran’s 46 from 74 balls played a supporting role to Raymon Reifer’s 65 and Romario Shepherd’s 133 – his maiden first-class century.

    Romario Shepherd (Photo credit: Photosport New Zealand)

    Shepherd help the visitors recover from 112/7 to eventually being bowled out for 322 as Jacob Duffy took 4 wickets for the Kiwis.

    BATSMAN R B SR
    B KING 3 7 42.8 c Phillips b Bracewell
    S MOSELEY 2 8 25 c Seifert b Duffy
    N POORAN 46 74 62.1 c Carter b Smith
    R POWELL 27 32 84.3 c Cleaver b Smith
    K MAYERS 0 3 0 c Sodhi b Smith
    J DA SILVA 2 17 11.7 c Cleaver b Kuggeleijn
    R REIFER 65 162 40.1 c Cleaver b Duffy
    F ALLEN 19 31 61.2 c Cleaver b Duffy
    R SHEPHERD 133 154 86.3 c McConchie b Duffy
    H WALSH 8 8 100 lbw Bracewell
    O THOMAS 0 1 0 not out
    Extras 17
    TOTAL 322 82.1 overs
    BOWLER O M R W ECON
    J DUFFY 18.1 4 47 4 2.59
    D BRACEWELL 17 2 62 2 3.64
    S KUGGELEIJN 19 4 58 1 3.05
    N SMITH 10 1 37 3 3.7
    C MCCONCHIE 8 0 58 0 7.25
    I SODHI 10 0 48 0 4.8

    In reply, New Zealand A ended the day on 10/0.

    The last time Pooran played red ball cricket was in 2014 when he appeared three times for Trinidad and Tobago.

    Since then, the left-hander has become a force to reckon with in the T20 format leading to several prominent West Indians, including Michael Holding, to suggest that he should be considered for Test selection.