India A v West Indies A, Croydon, 3rd day June 19, 2010

Smith, Fletcher tons lead strong reply by West Indies A

Cricinfo staff

West Indies A 332 for 3 (Fletcher 123, Smith 131*) trail India A 543 for 8 by 211 runs

For a change, India A had to slog it out. Andre Fletcher and Devon Smith hit centuries to help West Indies A hit back after the Indians posted a mammoth 543. Coincidentally, the senior West Indies conceded the same amount of runs to the South Africans across the Atlantic Ocean at St Kitts.

Resuming at 12 for 1, West Indies lost the wicket of Omar Phillips, bowled by Jaskaran Singh, with the score on 54. From then on, it was hard work for the Indians as Fletcher and Smith built a strong partnership. Fletcher hit 20 fours in his 123 before he was dismissed by Jaidev Unadkat. Smith remained unbeaten on 131 at stumps, hitting 15 fours in his knock. Kirk Edwards was with him at the crease, unbeaten on 19. With only a day remaining, a draw seems likely.