Jeffers, Shiv lead St Kitts reply
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):Shiv Chanderpaul warmed up for next week's first Test with a fluent, unbeaten half-century, but Shane Jeffers took centre stage with a stunning century on the second day of the three-day tour match against Bangladesh yesterday.
The veteran left-hander finished the day at Warner Park on 70 as St Kitts and Nevis, responding to Bangladesh's 377 for seven declared, reached 232 for four.
Opener Jeffers stroked 118 from 130 balls, slamming 22 fours in an innings lasting just over four hours. He dominated an opening stand of 77 with Shaquille Martina, who made just nine and put on another 51 with Chanderpaul for the third wicket.
Once he fell, Chanderpaul shepherded the innings, adding 65 for the fourth wicket with Tonito Willett, who scored 21 before falling late in the day.
Chanderpaul, who will face Bangladesh in the first Test at Arnos Vale starting next Saturday, faced 152 deliveries in 3-1/4 hours at the crease.
Bangladesh had earlier declared their first innings after captain Musfiqur Rahim (106 not out) and Nasir Hossain (100) completed centuries.
Mushfiqur began the day on 82, while Nasir resumed on 78 and they both reached three figures before Nasir played over a full length delivery from seamer Willett and was bowled.
Jeffers then dominated from the outset, racing to his half-century with his 10th boundary off just 49 balls, before bringing up three figures off 90 balls with his 20th four - a sweetly timed cover drive off seamer Rubel Hossain.
Chanderpaul, arriving at the wicket when Javal Hodge was well caught by Mominul Haque at mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, proceeded in characteristic workman-like fashion to gather his runs.