Hope hits hundred

AMSTELVEEN – Stylish Shai Hope struck an 11th One-Day International hundred to move alongside legends Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Gordon Greenidge and Shiv Chanderpaul, as West Indies made light work of the Netherlands in the opening ODI here yesterday.

In frigid temperatures which dipped as low as 11 degrees Celsius at the VRA Ground in Holland, Hope carved out an unbeaten 119 from 130 balls, helping the Caribbean side to overhaul a target of 247 and win by seven wickets under Duckworth-Lewis.

Shamarh Brooks stroked a typically fluent 60 from 67 balls at the top of the order while Brandon King belted an unbeaten 58 from 51 deliveries, to notch his maiden ODI half-century in his seventh appearance.

The hosts had earlier rallied well to reach 240 for five from their allotted 45 overs, after a 135-minute rain delay forced a reduction in overs, the weather intervening during the 33rd over.

Teja Nidamanuru, entering at number six, blasted a gallant unbeaten 58 from 51 balls on debut and got support from openers Vikramjit Singh (47) and Max O’Dowd (39) who produced contrasting knocks up front after the Netherlands were sent in. (CMC)

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