Roach five-wicket haul trouble Essex as tour game ends in draw

Kemar Roach picked a five wicket haul in the tour game against Essex in Chelmsford
Kemar Roach picked a five wicket haul in the tour game against Essex in Chelmsford

West Indies 338-8 dec & 135-4 (Chase 50) v
Essex 185 (Roach 5-43)
Match Drawn
Tour game, Chelmsford, day three

After Kemar Roach's five wicket haul dismissed Essex for 185 runs in their first innings, West Indies went on to post 135 for four in the second innings riding on another half-century from Roston Chase as the tour game at Chelmsford ended in a draw.

Fifties from Kraigg Brathwaite (61), Chase (81) and Jermaine Blackwood (59) proved clinical in West Indies' first innings where they went on to post 338 for eight before the declaration came.

Essex were dealt early blows by a fiery spell from Roach (5-43) during which Varun Chopra (0), Nick Browne (16), Daniel Lawrence (8) and Adam Wheater (8) were dismissed.

Soon, Miguel Cummins (2-43) too joined the destruction act, removing Ryan ten Doeschate (6) and Aron Nijjar (30). With only Paul Walter (68 not out) managing a decent contribution, Essex could manage only 185 runs in their first innings before being bowled out.

Having secured a massive 153 run first innings lead, Kraigg Brathwaite (2) and Kyle Hope (0) was accounted by Walter (2-14) early but Kieran Powell (27) looked positive in his 26-ball knock that had five boundaries in it. However, West Indies were struggling at 30 for three when Powell was sent back to the pavilion as well.

The hero of the first innings Chase (50 not out) along with Shai Hope (46) showed a lot of resilience with their 82 run stand before the latter was dismissed. West Indies were positioned at 135 for four in 31 overs when the game was called off with a drawn result.

West Indies next face Kent at St Lawrence Ground in another three day game that kicks-off on 6th August.

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