Convincing Cuffy bowls towards Test call-up
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 24 (AFP) - Fast bowler Cameron Cuffy bowled himself into contention for a Test call-up with a fiery performance for a West Indies Board XI on the first day of a three-day match against the touring South Africans Saturday.
Cuffy took three for 38 as the South Africans made 271 all out after winning the toss. The Board XI were 15 for no wicket at the close.
For the tourists, middle order batsman Neil McKenzie ended a string of low scores when he battled his way to 58, while skipper Shaun Pollock made a fluent 81.
On a pitch with more pace and bounce than those used for the first two Tests in Guyana and Trinidad, the tall Cuffy always looked a threat.
The third Test in a five-match series starts on an adjoining pitch at the Kernsington Oval Thursday.
With Nixon McLean having turned in disappointing performances in the first two Tests, the South Africans found themselves up against a potent pace attack, with Cuffy, Reon King and Colin Stuart all in contention to play in the next Test.
Cuffy made the strongest claim on the first day, bowling Gary Kirsten with a ball which Kirsten left alone, then beating Mark Boucher with steep bounce which forced the South African wicketkeeper to fend a catch to gully, before having Nicky Boje caught behind.
McKenzie cemented his place in the South African Test side with his first half-century of the tour, although he struggled with his timing. A six over midwicket off left-arm spinner Dave Mohammed was his only boundary, hit after he had batted for two hours.
McKenzie batted for 210 minutes and faced 146 balls before being bowled by a ball from Stuart which kept low.
Pollock was in fine form, hitting six boundaries as he reached his fifty off 89 balls, then slamming five more before being last man out.