Queensland v West Indians, Brisbane, 1st day October 27, 2005

Queensland recover from Powell blasts

Cricinfo staff

West Indians 0 for 13 trail Queensland 323 (Le Loux 63, Love 55, Symonds 55, Powell 4-58) by 310 runs

Ryan Le Loux, the Queensland legspinner, top-scored with 63 from No. 9 © Getty Images

Daren Powell opened West Indies' tour of Australia by knocking back four of the Queensland top five before hobbling off with hip soreness in the tour match at Allan Border Field. The West Indians, who lost Wavell Hinds with a broken finger while fielding, suffered a mixed day that included reducing the home side, who boasted the Test players Matthew Hayden and Shane Watson, to 5 for 126 before letting them escape to 323 after Ryan Le Loux's maiden first-class half-century.

Queensland, who won the toss and batted in the four-day warm-up, fought back from the Powell-induced trouble with a committed lower-order push led by Le Loux, the legspinner who in partnership with Mitchell Johnson and Michael Kasprowicz added 108 for the final two wickets. West Indies were 0 for 13 when bad light stopped play five overs early.

Powell was easily the best of the West Indian attack and caused early damage when he removed Hayden - he had already received a beamer from Tino Best and been dropped at square-leg - for 0 and came back either side of lunch to claim Martin Love, Watson and James Hopes. The Queensland lower order, with help from Andrew Symonds's 55, then took advantage of a good batting pitch and some wayward bowling to post a respectable total.