Career-best 7-72 for Mathurin

Roseau, Dominica – Windward Islands left-arm spinner Gary Mathurin grabbed a career-best 7-72 but England Lions were poised to complete an emphatic victory on Saturday.

The 27-year-old from St Lucia bowled with great control and got the ball to turn in an outstanding spell. It surpassed his previous first-class best of 3-44 and brought the Windwards back into the match.

The visitors declared their second innings and 290-9 on the penultimate day of their sixth round WICB First-Class Championship match at Windsor Park. Set 356 to win, the Windwards slipped to 10-2 at the close as 19-year-old left-arm spinner Danny Briggs (2-0) snatched two wickets in nine balls, to leave the hosts in acing defeat on Sunday’s final day.

Resuming from their overnight 20-1, the England reserves stretched their 65-run first innings lead, with James Harris top scoring with 73 and Andrew Gale (47) and captain James Hildreth (41) giving support.

The Lions prospered due largely to two successive half-century partnerships anchored by Harris. He shared 65 for the second wicket with opener James Adams (27) before adding another 83 for the third wicket with Andrew Gale 47.

Mathurin accounted for all three batsmen before also disposing of the dangerous Hildreth just as he was looking to increase the tempo.

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