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Panesar shines as England stroll

Tour match: St Kitts & Nevis Invitational XI v England
Date: 25-27 January (play starts at 1400 GMT each day)
Coverage: Score updates at end of each session, plus reports
Match scorecard

Monty Panesar
Panesar was the stand-out performer on a good day for England's bowlers

Monty Panesar took four wickets as England built a commanding lead on day two against St Kitts and Nevis.

After declaring on their overnight total of 424-8, England's bowlers had a good work out, all of them claiming wickets including newcomer Adil Rashid.

Panesar claimed the last three wickets for 18 runs as the home side were all out for 251.

In the 23 overs they faced before stumps, England added another 118 without loss to open up a lead of 291.

Having lost all-rounder Andrew Flintoff to a side strain at the end of the first day, England suffered an early blow on day two as first-innings top-scorer Owais Shah was ruled out because of an eye problem.

Steve Harmison, who was in fact one of England's less impressive bowlers, got things off to a good start as he had teenager Kejel Tyson caught behind by Matt Prior.

Wickets in consecutive overs from Panesar and Stuart Broad meant that the home team took lunch three down, but at least Codville Rogers put up some resistance, hitting Broad for four boundaries in one over before the interval.

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Eventually the left-hander was out for 63, caught by Kevin Pietersen off the bowling of Broad.

Before Rodgers became the sixth wicket of the day, Jimmy Anderson had claimed the first two of the afternoon session, Junie Mitchum chopping onto his own stumps and Elsroy Powell finally departing after a fourth lbw appeal.

Rashid claimed his first England wicket when Terrence Ward was adjudged to have gained an inside edge as the ball popped up to wicketkeeper Prior off his body.

And despite a valiant eight-wicket stand of 78, Panesar brought down the curtain with three quick wickets.

That left time for captain Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook to each record unbeaten half-centuries before stumps.


St Kitts & Nevis Invitation XI: S Jefferson (capt), J Simmonds, K Tyson, S Liburd, J A Mitchum, C Rogers, E Powell, T Ward, A Willett, C Williams, N Boland.

England: A J Strauss (capt), A N Cook, I R Bell, K P Pietersen, O A Shah (replaced by G P Swann), A Flintoff (replaced by S C J Broad), M J Prior (wkt), A U Rashid, S J Harmison, J M Anderson, M S Panesar.

Umpires: L Kelly and W Mitchum

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