Will Young has a birthday to remember for New Zealand A against the West Indies



Will Young, who was pictured last season, did not knock out 64 on his 28th birthday for New Zealand A against the West Indies.

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Will Young, who was pictured last season, did not hit 64 on his 28th birthday for New Zealand A against the West Indies.

The test top of the Black Caps can rest assured if illness or injury strikes this summer.

Test batting cover Will Young and Wellington run-scoring machine Devon Conway both took their chance for New Zealand A in Queenstown when the three-day tour match against the West Indies predictably ended in a draw on Sunday.

Young, who took out Conway for the batting cover role on the 13-man Black Caps test team to take on the West Indies, made the most of the final day’s game.

New Zealand A was 124-1 in its second innings when stumps were called at 5:00 PM.

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Birthday girl Young, who turned 28 on Sunday, didn’t hit a 64 patient out of 147 balls in the second innings of New Zealand A.

It was a great present for Young, who would be frustrated with the way he came out in the first innings and got stuck 27 times by the leg.

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Darren Bravo scored a century ahead of the Windies in Queenstown.

His Plunket Shield form for Central in the first four rounds of the competition was patchy, backed by 110 who didn’t play against Northern in the final round.

Young would be ready for a test debut during the home summer against the West Indies or Pakistan should an injury or illness arise on the eve of the game.

The right batsman was scheduled to make his first test appearance against Bangladesh in Hagley Oval in March 2019 for the injured Kane Williamson, but the match was halted after the Christchurch mosque shooting – the day before the test.

John Davies Oval in Queenstown provided a spectacular backdrop for the West Indies tour opener.

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John Davies Oval in Queenstown provided a spectacular backdrop for the West Indies tour opener.

Conway, who many believe should have been on the testing team, kept Young under pressure with a flawless performance with the bat in Queenstown.

South African-born Conway, who has completed his three-year residency and is eligible for the Black Caps, has frustrated the assault on the West Indies as he was named to the T20 squad. Conway could make his New Zealand debut on Friday evening in the first T20 at Eden Park in Auckland.

He recorded an unbeaten 41 in the second innings, going along with 46 not out in the first innings.

Conway has picked up where he left off in red ball cricket last season, and is the lead scorer in the Plunket Shield for four rounds with 410 at 58.57.

Devon Conway, pictured in action for Wellington, scored an unbeaten 46 and 41 not out for New Zealand A against the West Indies.

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Devon Conway, pictured in action for Wellington, scored an unbeaten 46 and 41 not out for New Zealand A against the West Indies.

Test No. 5 Henry Nicholls was also in the runs after being sidelined during the first three rounds of the Plunket Shield due to a calf injury.

Nicholls hit 76 in the first innings in his lone at bat, followed by 87 against Otago in his return to the Plunket Shield last week for Canterbury.

Emerging New Zealand talent Rachin Ravindra showed why he scores so high in the first innings, scoring 112 on the batting.

The West Indies would have been content with their batting attempts at Queenstown, scoring 366 in their first innings, in response to New Zealand’s A’s 308-3.

Darren Bravo during his century for the West Indies against New Zealand A in their tour opener.

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Darren Bravo during his century for the West Indies against New Zealand A in their tour opener.

Their batting stars were Darren Bravo, who hit 135 and Shamarh Brooks, who came in with 80. The pair combined for a third-wicket partnership of 122. Skipper Roston Chase contributed 42, while opener Kraigg Brathwaite scored 47.

The West Indies test contingent will face New Zealand A in a four-day match in Queenstown from Thursday to Sunday.

The opening test is from December 3 at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

AT A GLANCE

New Zealand A 308-3 decl (Rachin Ravindra 112, Henry Nicholls 76, Devon Conway 46no, Joe Carter 41no) and 124-1 (Will Young 64no, Conway 41no) signed with West Indies 366 (Darren Bravo 135, Shamarh Brooks 80, Kraigg Brathwaite 47, Roston Chase 42; Jacob Duffy 3-49)


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