March 12, 2000

Campbell and Carlisle steady ship

Pointe-a-Pierre, Trinidad - Skipper Alistair Campbell and Stuart Carlisle shared a 134-run unbroken sixth-wicket stand to haul Zimbabwe out of trouble against the West Indies President's XI yesterday.

They carried the touring team to 222 for five in reply to the President's XI's first innings 349 at the close of the second day of their four-day match.

Campbell, unbeaten on 72, and Carlisle (70 not out) came together with Zimbabwe perilously placed on 88 for five.

Campbell has faced 148 balls and struck eight fours, while Carlisle, dropped twice in off-spinner Rodney Sooklal's first over, has hit eight fours and two sixes in his 117-ball innings.

Pace bowler Marlon Black was mainly responsible for the touring team's early troubles.

He removed opener Neil Johnson and Grant Flower for three and two respectively to leave Zimbabwe on ten for two at lunch and returned later to claim the scalp of Craig Wishart.

Black, who missed the Busta Cup because of a glandular infection, finished the day with three for 48 from 19 overs.

Earlier, the President's XI, resuming at 328 for six, lost their last four wickets in less than half an hour.

Guyanese Ramnaresh Sarwan was bowled by left-arm paceman Bryan Strang without adding to his overnight 100.