West Indies A v Bangladesh A, 1st unofficial Test, Antigua, 4th day November 8, 2011

Nkruma Bonner's ton forces a draw

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West Indies A 358 (Russell 128, Hyatt 92, Brathwaite 62, Rabbi 4-54, Shuvo 4-107) and 296 (Bonner 127, Shuvo 5-81) drew with Bangladesh A 422 (Mominul 150, Nasir Hossain 134, Gabriel 4-62) and 135 for 5

Nkruma Bonner scored his maiden first-class century to ensure West Indies A achieved a lead that was too large for Bangladesh A to chase on the final day at North Sound.

Bonner resumed his innings on 70, with West Indies A on 198 for 6, leading by only 134 runs. He received support from Carlos Brathwaite and Veerasammy Permaul and went on to score 127, stretching West Indies' advantage to 232. Left-arm spinner Shurawadi Shuvo picked up two more wickets to finish with 5 for 81, and match figures of 9 for 188.

Bangladesh A's chase got off to a poor start and hopes of chasing 233 were reduced after they were 30 for 2. Most of the middle-order batsmen got starts but no one was able to convert them. They ended on 131 for 5 in 53 overs as the game was drawn. Nelon Pascal and Andre Russell took two wickets each.

"In the second innings the wicket was more difficult to bat on so it required a lot of application and I had to bat as many balls as possible and occupy the crease," Bonner said after the match. "The coaches and the selectors have seen my ability, the rest is all up to me now to put runs on the board and wickets in the bag and repay them for the faith they have showed in me."