WI lose by 10 wickets after Root hundred

NORTHAMPTON, England – West Indies suffered a 10-wicket defeat to England Lions on Sunday here.

Without the full services of their three-pronged pace attack, West Indies struggled to make any inroads and the Lions wiped off the 197 set for victory about 40 minutes before the rescheduled tea break on the final day of the four-day, first-class tour match at Wantage Road.

Kemar Roach, who twisted an ankle earlier in the game and then sustained a blow to his hand while batting earlier in the day, did not bowl a single over, while fellow fast bowlers Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul sent down just 10 overs between them.

Rampaul left the field after bowling just four overs and even when he returned was not used as a bowling option.

Edwards has struggled with injury in recent weeks and sat out the opening tour match against Sussex last weekend in Hove.

A West Indies team official said all three players were expected to be fit for the first Test, starting on Thursday at Lord’s.

With the Windies resorting to off-spinners Shane Shillingford and Marlon Samuels as their frontline attack, and Darren Bravo as support with his unpractised medium pace, Joe Root grabbed the opportunity to stroke his second first class hundred – an unbeaten 115.

Against the depleted Windies attack, Michael Carberry, his opening partner, whose father is Guyanese and mother Barbadian, hit an unbeaten 72, as the Lions encountered little difficulty in their chase.

Earlier, West Indies were dismissed for 390 after resuming the day on 377 for eight.

Denesh Ramdin added just two to his overnight 31 before departing in the day’s fourth over and Rampaul lasted just 16 balls before becoming Matt Coles’ second wicket of the morning, as the burly fast bowler finished with four for 76.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:10