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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 June 2007, 18:38 GMT 19:38 UK
England Lions defeated by Windies
One-day international, New Road, Worcestershire: West Indies 178-3 (23.1 overs) bt England Lions 174-6 (24 overs)

Denesh Ramdin
Ramdin made 73 for West Indies, but Nixon had little chance to impress
West Indies beat England Lions by seven wickets in a rain-curtailed one-day match at New Road, Worcestershire.

The Lions made 174-6 from 24 overs, Will Jefferson (36) and Vikram Solanki (38) compiling 75 for the first wicket.

But Denesh Ramdin hit 73 from 52 balls and Runako Morton an unbeaten 72 from 61 deliveries as the tourists reached their target with five balls to spare.

"It was important to lift the morale. We would like to continue in this vein from now on," Ramdin said afterwards.

"The guys have to continue to work hard and do the basic things - the cricket we have played the last couple of weeks hasn't been great.

"We need to work hard, play as a team, work as one unit and work towards one goal."

The match was watched by England coach Peter Moores, who took the opportunity to take a look at candidates for the senior one-day squad, which will be announced on Friday for the Twenty20 and one-day games against West Indies.

And the Lions made a flying start as Nottinghamshire's Jefferson and skipper Solanki, playing on his home ground, got stuck into the Windies seamers.

Alex Gidman weighed in with 34 from 32 deliveries, but the tourists, who were forced to field four players called into the squad for the match because of injuries, did well to peg them back.

Spinner Marlon Samuels was the pick of the West Indies attack, dismissing Jefferson, Solanki and Ed Joyce for figures of 3-16 from his five overs.

James Anderson struck early in the West Indies reply, dismissing skipper Chris Gayle for eight, before Ramdin and Morton steadied the ship.

Both batsmen struck three sixes as England's bowlers came in for some severe punishment, particularly Stuart Broad, who finished with 1-41 from five overs.

Broad did remove Ramdin, but after Samuels was run out for a duck, Sylvester Joseph (9 not out) joined Morton in the middle and led the tourists home.

"We were looking to come here and win - that was the number one priority. Unfortunately we've not done that, but there have been some good individual performances," said Broad.

Despite his expensive spell and a recent knee problem, Broad is hoping to keep his place in the England squad after being called up for the latter part of their World Cup campaign, even though the recent success of Ryan Sidebottom in Test cricket prompted calls for more experienced bowlers to be given a chance.

"Everone has bad games, whether they're 22 or 33. It's whether you then stick with them and send them back to learn their trade at county level.

"I didn't think it was that big a step up when I was called up before...I felt at home there. I just need to put in some performances in the future. If I get selected, I know I am ready to go."



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