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Prime Minister's XI v West Indians, Canberra

Rain signals disappointing end to West Indies tour

Cricinfo staff

December 2, 2005

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Prime Minister's XI 4 for 316 (Voges 91, Ferguson 70*) beat West Indians 3 for 174 (Sarwan 90, Bravo 52*) by 6 runs (D/L method)
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Adam Voges' 91 was a clinical batting display, and set the PM XI's up for a massive total © Getty Images
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The Prime Minister's XI were declared winners by six runs on the Duckworth-Lewis system in the 50-over clash with the West Indians after scoring a massive 4 for 316. Torrential rain swept across Manuka Oval in Canberra and forced the abandonment in the 32nd over of the West Indians' reply to the PM's XI's total, a score owed to a superb 132-run stand for the fourth wicket between Adam Voges (91) and Callum Ferguson (70 not out).

After winning the toss, the PM's XI got off to a shaky start, losing Phil Jaques and Travis Birt to the combination of Daren Powell and Tino Best. David Dawson, sent in at No. 3, contributed 41 to a 79-run partnership with the impressive Voges before edging Jermaine Lawson behind. Voges was especially severe on the part-time bowlers Ramnaresh Sawran and Dwayne Smith, collecting two sixes in the process. Callum Ferguson played his role to perfection, finding the fence at the right times throughout his innings. Justin Langer, the PM's XI's captain, then clouted 37 off 18 deliveries to boost his side's total past the 300-run mark. For the West Indians, Best was the most productive bowler with figures of 2 for 50 from ten overs.

Inconsistency with the ball made way for another disappointing performance by the West Indian openers, with Devon Smith and Denesh Ramdin falling cheaply to the impressive Brett Dorey. Perhap sensing the impending storm already on its way, Sarwan chose this final opportunity to make a mark. He opened up with some solid strikes and defiantly took the attack back to the PM's XI, clubbing 90 from only 73 deliveries. Sarwan put on 119 runs for the third wicket with Dwayne Bravo, the allrounder, but fell at the halfway mark going for his eighth boundary, Ferguson snapping up the chance at deep midwicket off the offspinner Chris Simpson.

Brian Lara, who last week passed Allan Border's Test run-scoring record, was left unbeaten on 13 in what was expected to be his final innings in Australia when the storm hit the ground. Bravo remained on 54 not out.

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