Lions take lead against WIsld

Roseau, Dominica – England Lions secured first innings points over Windward Islands on the second day of  their WICB First-Class Championship match, but the hosts hit back late to keep themselves in contention in the sixth round match, on Friday.

Resuming at their overnight 280-8, the visitors were dismissed for 302 and the Windwards recovered from a rocky start to make 237. In the eight overs available before the close at Windsor Park, the Lions lost Craig Kieswetter (nine) to be 20-1, an overall lead of 85 runs.

After wrapping up the Lions’ innings swiftly, the Windwards plunged to 82-4 despite an opening stand of 39 between Tyrone Theophile (28) and Atticus Browne (21). They then benefitted from two successive productive stands to push themselves beyond the 200-run mark.

Newcomers Kevin James (49) and Dalton Polius (45) put on 79 for the fifth wicket before Polius and stand-in captain Lyndon James added a further 44 for the sixth wicket.

SCOREBOARD ENGLAND LIONS 1st Innings (overnight 280 for eight) J. Adams c wkp L. James b Williams 14 +C. Kieswetter b Pascal 0 A. Gale c wkpr L. James b Matthew 13 *J. Hildreth lbw b Mathurin 100 J. Taylor c Theophile b Polius 7 J. Bairstow c Matthew b Mathurin 40 A. Rashid c Fletcher b Mathurin 35 C. Woakes lbw b Matthew 37 J. Harris lbw b Matthew 22 D. Briggs not out 19 A Carter c Browne b Pascal 5 Extras (b2, lb5, nb1) 8 TOTAL (all out, 96.1 overs) 302 Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-13, 3-39, 4-78, 5-168, 6-191, 7-224, 8-265, 9-280, 10-302. Bowling: Pascal 18.1-2-69-2, Matthew 21-8-45-3, Williams 8-2-31-1, Mathurin 33-10-66-3, Polius 12-0-68-1, Fletcher 4-0-14-0. WINDWARDS 1st Innings T Theophile c wkp Kieswetter b Carter 28 A Browne c wkp Kieswetter b Carter 21 A Fletcher c Adams b Harris 11 K Lesporis c wkp Kieswetter b Woakes 20 K James lbw b Woakes 49 D Polius c Hildreth b Briggs 45 *+L James c Hildreth b Briggs 22 G Mathurin c Gale b Rashid 7 M Matthew not out 22 N Pascal c Briggs b Rashid 2 K Williams lbw b Briggs 0 Extras (b2, lb4, w2, nb2) 10 TOTAL (all out, 72.1 overs) 237 Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-60, 3-62, 4-82, 5-161, 6-205, 7-206, 8-218, 9-220, 10-237. Bowling: Woakes 19-3-68-2, Harris 16-5-43-1, Carter 13-3-30-2, Rashid 9-2-39-2, Briggs 15.1-3-51-3. ENGLAND LIONS 2nd Innings +C Kieswetter c wkp L James b Pascal 9 J Adams not out 4 J Harris not out 4 Extras (nb3) 3 TOTAL (1 wkt, 8 overs) 20 Fall of wickets: 1-15. Bowling: Pascal 3-0-14-1, Matthew 3-1-5-0, Polius 1-0-1-1, Williams 1-0-0-0. Position: Lions lead by 85 runs with nine second innings wickets remaining. Toss: England Lions. Umpires: L. Abrahams, P. Nero.