West Indies 303-8 at stumps on 1st day of tour match

December 19, 2015

GEELONG, Australia (AP) Opener Kraigg Brathwaite scored 78 runs and Jermaine Blackwood added 69 as the West Indies scored 303-8 on the first day of a two-day tour match against a Victoria state side Saturday.

In temperatures reaching 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit), Brathwaite, who scored 94 in his team's innings and 212-run loss to Australia in the first test at Hobart, faced 178 balls before retiring at tea.

Blackwood, who was trapped lbw by legspinner Jeremy Hart (4-93), said it was the most stifling conditions in which he has played.

''I was so tired after running some threes,'' he said. ''At one point I was kind of losing concentration. I had to put that behind me and just focus on each ball.''

Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, 38 not out, and Jomel Warrican, on 22, will resume batting Sunday.

Darren Bravo, who had a century at Hobart, was rested from the match in an otherwise full-strength West Indies lineup.

The second test begins Dec. 26 in Melbourne.