Warwickshire v West Indies A, Edgbaston, 2nd day August 3, 2006

Westwood whips up batting storm

Cricinfo staff

Warwickshire 367 for 5 (Westwood 177*, Wagh 48) lead West Indies A 235 (Morton 76, Shantry 5-49) by 132 runs

Ian Westwood tightened Warwickshire's grip on this match with a glorious 177 not out, his career-best total. His knock boosted Warwickshire to 366 for 5 against West Indies A, a lead of 132.

Westwood received solid support from Mark Wagh (48) as they set about erasing the deficit and together they moved their opening partnership on to 92 before Wagh was caught by Dave Mohammed off the bowling of Darren Sammy. In fact it was that pairing of Mohammed and Sammy who were the only two of West Indies' strike-force to hit the target; they grabbed the five wickets between them.

The captain Sylvester Joseph tried six bowlers in all, but not one of them could blast through Westwood's defences, as he moved in sight of his maiden first-class double-century, having already left his previous highest of 124 way behind. His knock included 23 fours and one six and was compiled over a mammoth nine-and-a-half hours.

There was some relief for the bowlers, though, as they picked up the occasional wicket throughout the day. Mohammed removed the debutant Navdeep Poonia for an impressive 35, and then Alex Loudon for just 10. Luke Parker made 30 before Sammy dismissed him and Moeen Ali followed shortly after to the same bowler, for a disappointing 5.

Still, Warwickshire will be delighted with their efforts and head into day three in pole position.