Lions get lead in rain-hit contest

Providence, Guyana – Johnny Bairstow made the most of a small window of opportunity to usher England Lions to first innings points over Guyana in the WICB First-Class match on Monday.

Bairstow, the son of the late England wicket-keeper David Bairstow, was not out on 32, and raced the Lions to 87-3, replying to Guyana’s paltry first innings of 78, in the 13 balls deliveries in 15 minutes of play that were possible on the final day of their fifth round match at the Guyana National Stadium

The sun never came out, but the rain relented just long enough for play to commence after the scheduled tea break in a faint drizzle. It was clear however, that the Guyanese were reluctant to play. The umpires and the Lions’ overnight pair of Bairstow and Andrew Gale were made to wait for what seemed an eternity before Assad Fudadin led his side out to the middle.

Bairstow formalised the points for the Lions, when he lofted Fudadin over long-off for his second six. After the Lions had resumed on their overnight 68-3, Bairstow had disdainfully pulled the first ball for his first six off Brandon Bess before taking the visitors over the target. The result meant that the Lions collected six points to move to 36, and Guyana got three to move to 16.