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Zimbabwe falter after big lead
- Price claims career-best figures but Windies avoid follow-on

Harare: Spinner Ray Price claimed career-best figures of six for 73 but Zimbabwe were unable to ram home their advantage on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies on Friday.

The home team closed on 94 for four in their second innings, a lead of 266, when bad light ended play 4.2 overs early. With almost two hours also lost to rain during the day, a draw now looks likely.

The West Indies, resuming on 241 for six in reply to Zimbabwe’s first innings score of 507 for nine declared, had earlier saved the follow-on before being dismissed for 335.

It was Price’s fourth five-wicket haul in Tests. The 27-year-old left-armer, no great spinner of the ball but with the aggression of a fast bowler, opened the bowling on Friday with off-spinner Trevor Gripper.

The pair found turn and bounce with the old ball on a wearing surface, bowling in tandem for 13 overs before the new ball was taken. Fast bowler Heath Streak then broke a 50-run seventh-wicket stand by trapping Shivnarine Chanderpaul in front for 36.

Four overs later Price, in his 15th Test, induced a loose drive from the other overnight batsman, Vasbert Drakes, who was caught by Streak at extra cover for 31.

At 298 for eight, the visitors were still ten runs shy of their follow-on target but Jerome Taylor and Corey Collymore nursed them to safety before the latter drove limply at Price and was caught by Craig Wishart at slip for nine.

The innings ended after lunch when Fidel Edwards, on 18, sent a leading edge looping to Stuart Matsikenyeri at mid-off to earn Price his sixth wicket.

When they batted again, however, Zimbabwe slipped to 27 for two in the eighth over, Vusimuzi Sibanda pulling a delivery from Collymore to Daren Ganga at square-leg and Mark Vermeulen edging a ball from Edwards to Chanderpaul at third slip.

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