Shillingford, Pascal put West Indies A on top
West Indies A 51 for 0 trail Zimbabwe 183 (Taibu 86, Shillingford 4-48, Pascal 3-28) by 132 runs
West Indies A were on top of Zimbabwe, racing to 51 for 0 in 10 overs after restricting the visitors to 183 on the opening day of their four-day first-class match at Queen's Park Stadium.
Zimbabwe owed their score to an unbeaten 86 from Tatenda Taibu, who waged a lone battle as his team-mates fell by the wayside. Shane Shillingford, with 4 for 48, and Nelon Pascal, with a three-wicket haul, led the charge for the hosts, as only three batsmen managed to enter double digits.
After two early losses, Zimbabwe's innings was partially restored by 50-plus stands for the third and fourth wickets. Chamu Chibhabha and Craig Ervine contributed 40 and 22, but after their dismissals Zimbabwe collapsed in a heap, with Shillingford running through the lower order, the last seven wickets falling for 61 runs. Taibu stood tall through it all, hammering 10 fours from 129 balls to give the bowlers something to work with.
Openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Justin Guillen then took the hosts off the block in a hurry. Brathwaite was unbeaten on 26 with five fours, while Guillen struck two fours and a towering six over midwicket in his 21.