Kallis earns draw for Proteas against Windies

Associated Press

Georgetown, April 5:

Jacques Kallis compiled an unbeaten 109 on Monday and South Africa secured a comfortable draw against the West Indies on the fifth and final day of the opening cricket Test at Bourda. The 29-year-old batted throughout the day as the visitors, trailing by 355, took their second innings from overnight 85/2 to 269/4 when play was called off halfway through the final hour.

Kallis, who hit 15 fours, passed 7,000 runs on his way to his 21st century, which occupied 409 minutes and 346 deliveries. Jacques Rudolph and Herschelle Gibbs also contributed, sharing crucial partnerships with Kallis. Left-hander Rudolph spent three hours in scoring 24 while Gibbs hit 49 in four hours.

The West Indies reached 543 for five declared in its first innings and forced South Africa to follow on after bowling the Proteas out for 188 despite missing seven regulars.

Part-time spinners Narsingh Deonarine and Ryan Hinds claimed the only two wickets to fall on Monday. Off-spinner Deonarine ended with 1-35 off 30 overs while left-armer Hinds claimed 1-27 off 27 overs.

Lara, three others recalled

GEORGETOWN: West Indies cricket officials recalled former captain Brian Lara and three other ineligible players for the series against South Africa. The West Indies Cricket Board, however, has retained Shivnarine Chanderpaul as captain and wicketkeeper Courtney Browne as Chanderpaul’s deputy for the rest of the series.

Lara was recalled along with Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo. They had all been ruled ineligible because they had personal endorsement contracts with Cable and Wireless, a rival of Digicel, the team’s new sponsor. They will replace Devon Smith, Daren Ganga, Donovan Pagon and Narsingh Deonarine. — AFP