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West Indies Make Strong Start To South Africa Tour

Marlon Samuels
Marlon Samuels' unbeaten century helped the West Indies dominate against the Invitational XI
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The West Indies made an ideal start to their tour of South Africa by closing day one of their tour game against a South African Invitational XI on 217 for two having bowled their hosts out for 125.

Sheldon Cottrell took five for 16 as the South African side were dismissed in just 36.1 overs.

Devon Smith then hit 83 not out and Marlon Samuels an unbeaten 102 as the West Indian batsmen built on the solid foundations laid by their bowlers.

Jason Holder (1-22), Sulieman Benn (1-29) and Jerome Taylor (2-12) also took wickets as the West Indies quickly got into their stride.

But for 35 from Aviwe Mgijima, 34 from Clyde Fortuin and 23 from Test hopeful Stiaan van Zyl, the Invitational XI would have struggled to reach double figures after they were reduced to 55 for six before lunch.

Opener Dominic Hendricks (13) was the only other player to reach double figures.

The West Indian reply started poorly when Rory Kleinveldt struck twice to remove Kraigg Brathwaite for 12 and Leon Johnson without scoring, the former trapped in front and the latter caught by van Zyl.

However, Smith, who faced 144 balls, and Samuels, who faced 102, then combined to add 182 runs in partnership and were still together at stumps.

The first Test between South Africa and the West Indies begins at Centurion on 17th December.

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