Ambris hails 100 as one of his best
LINCOLN, New Zealand, (CMC):
Sunil Ambris described yesterday's hundred against New Zealand A as one of his best and said conditions here were conducive to his type of stroke-play.
The 24-year-old, on his first Test tour with West Indies, smashed an amazing 153 off 145 balls as West Indies piled up 451 for nine on the opening day of the three-day tour match at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
Shai Hope, with whom he shared a 155-run, sixth-wicket stand, stroked 110.
"It was one of my better knocks for a while now. When I just got in, I had to graft, had to bat as many balls as possible, had to leave a lot - not really trying to score, but I had to play myself in," Ambris said afterwards.
"It was made a lot easier batting with Shai. He was scoring quickly and it took a lot of pressure off me. When I got into my own, I was able to score freely [and] capitalise on the bad deliveries.
Ambris was one of the bright spots for the Windies after they had slumped to 45 for three in the morning session.
He struck 24 fours and a six, adding a further 89 for the seventh wicket with Shane Dowrich (35) and 53 for the eighth with captain Jason Holder (31).
Unbeaten on 51 at tea with West Indies well poised on 247 for five, Ambris ripped into the hosts' bowling in the final session to add 102 more runs in an exhilarating display.
"I was just trying to bat as long as possible while being positive, but it was one of my better innings for a long while," said the Vincentian, who also lashed two hundreds against Sri Lanka A last month.