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West Indies slump to warm-up loss

Tour match, Derby, day three:
England Lions 311 & 72-0 beat West Indies 203 & 178 by 10 wickets Match scorecard


West Indies opener Devon Smith
Devon Smith stares at the pitch after being bowled off the edge by Mahmood

West Indies suffered a 10-wicket defeat by England Lions after another dismal batting effort in their final warm-up before the first Test at Lord's.

Tim Ambrose hit 117 at Derby as a total of 311 gave the Lions a 108-run first innings lead at Derby.

The tourists were then bowled out for just 178 as Adil Rashid took 3-66 and Liam Plunkett (4-29) skittled the tail.

The Lions needed only 72 to win and Rob Key (33) and Stephen Moore (30) knocked off the runs in just 9.5 overs.

It was the third successive innings in which West Indies failed to reach 200 and with skipper Chris Gayle not due to arrive until Tuesday, there is reason for serious concern prior to facing England's senior side.

"Tim Ambrose and Adil Rashid were the difference in the end, giving us a 100-run lead and then it looked like it was getting flatter again but having someone like Rashid up your sleeve is good to have," Key said afterwards.

"He genuinely got Chanderpaul out with his wrong one and that's what those blokes can do. Mystery spinners can get you wickets when no one else can on flat wickets."

It's not what we would have liked but there were some positive things that came out of it

Windies coach John Dyson

The Lions were in some trouble themselves at start of play, resuming on 143-6, but Ambrose and Rashid gave the selectors a reminder of their ability after being overlooked for Test, one-day and Twenty20 squads this week.

They defied the West Indies attack through the morning session with Ambrose lofting Sulieman Benn for six and collecting 20 fours before a leading edge off Simmons saw him depart to the final ball before lunch.

Rashid, who was dropped at slip on 19, raised his tempo following the resumption and carried the score beyond 300.

But he was caught in the deep for 72 after slashing at a ball from Nelon Pascal, and the fast bowler also accounted for Plunkett (17) and last man Saj Mahmood to finish with 4-68.

Mahmood wasted no time in making an impact with the ball as he forced Devon Smith to play on in the third over of the West Indies second innings, the left-hander now having only managed scores of 24, 13, eight and one on tour.

Adil Rashid
Leg-spinner Rashid demonstrated his potential with three wcikets

Ramnaresh Sarwan, on 13, was caught behind down the leg-side off seamer Chris Woakes, who struck again when acting captain Denesh Ramdin could only fend a rising delivery to Ian Bell in the slips.

Lendl Simmons and Shivnarine Chanderpaul showed the kind of resolve coach John Dyson was looking for and built a partnership of 87 either side of tea.

But the remaining seven wickets went down in just 28 overs in the final session to leave the Lions requiring only 72 for victory.

Rashid began the collapse by trapping Simmons leg-before for 63, won another decision as Chanderpaul fell one run short of a half century and had Brendan Nash caught for 19.

Plunkett's pace was too much for the rest, with the last four wickets going down in a clatter for just nine runs.

After failing to make an impact with the new ball at the start of the Lions second innings, West Indies opted to stay out in the middle after the scheduled close and play the game to a finish.

606: DEBATE

And it was plain sailing for Key and Moore, who collected seven boundaries between them as the Lions wrapped up victory with a day to spare.

"It's not what we would have liked but there were some positive things that came out of it," said Windies coach John Dyson.

"I thought Lendl Simmons played well, Shiv (Chanderpaul) again played well and Jerome Taylor's spell yesterday with the new ball was very encouraging given he hadn't played for a while."



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Taylor roars back to tame Lions
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Notts fume at Patel over omission
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Woakes shines as West Indies toil
30 Apr 09 |  England
Woakes wants to grab Lions chance
29 Apr 09 |  Warwickshire
Bell selected for England Lions
22 Apr 09 |  England
West Indies in England 2009
04 Dec 08 |  Cricket


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