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May 08, 2012 at 10:30am IST

WI tour opener in Eng ends in a damp dra

Hove: Rain allowed only 16 overs on the third and final day of West Indies' three-day tour-opener in England against Sussex that ended in a damp draw. Only a total of 34 overs were bowled in the rain-affected game, with the first two days witnessing just 18 overs of play. The Windies had reached 90 for 3 when the match was called off.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul received an injury scare during the short duration of play when he was hit on the hand and required treatment on the ground. However, the West Indies' batting mainstay is expected to be fit for the first Test that begins on May 17. But the visitors will get a chance to test the gravity of Chanderpaul's injury in another warm-up game before the Lord's Test against the England Lions at Northampton beginning Thursday.

"It's a little bit frustrating," West Indies batsman Darren Bravo said. "The guys really wanted to get out there and get as much match practice as possible with a Test match starting in a few days. But we can't do anything about it."

WI tour-opener in Eng ends in a damp draw

West Indies reached 90 for 3 in 34 overs bowled over three days when the match against Sussex was finally called off.

Resuming at 46 for 2, West Indies lost Kieron Powell, who was caught by wicketkeeper Matt Prior off Naved Arif, after which Chanderpaul joined fellow left-hander Bravo.

West Indies are struggling to put together an eleven ahead of the first Test. Fidel Edwards has a back injury, while three of Darren Sammy's men have yet to arrive. Assad Fudadin and Narsingh Deonarine are still waiting for their visas, while Marlon Samuels is busy playing the Indian Premier League.

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