Windies well beaten by Lions
West Indies will report for next week's opening Test facing problems with their batting line-up after they slumped to a disappointing 10-wicket defeat against England Lions.
The tourists entered the four-day encounter at Derby desperate for their batsmen to fire before the start of the Test series at Lord's, having failed to reach 200 in two of their previous three innings on tour.
But after conceding a 108-run first-innings lead to the Lions on the third day, they were dismissed for a lowly 179 with their last six wickets falling for just 25 runs in eight overs.
It left the Lions with a victory target of 72, which they raced to in just 9.5 overs to win with a day to spare.
West Indies began the third day hoping to end the Lions' resistance quickly when they resumed 50 runs adrift on 143 for six, but a defiant century from wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose and 72 from Adil Rashid earned them a significant advantage.
Warwickshire wicketkeeper Ambrose showed considerable determination to hit 117, his second century of the season, in the week he was overlooked for England’s squads for the first Test, ICC World Twenty20 tournament and one-day series against West Indies.
Ambrose hit 20 fours and a six and dominated a 152-run stand with Yorkshire leg-spinner Rashid, who survived being dropped on 19 by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at slip off seamer Jerome Taylor.
Ambrose fell in the over before lunch when he got a leading edge straight to cover off the medium pace of Lendl Simmons, while Rashid was caught in the deep attempting an upper cut.
Beginning their innings in mid-afternoon, the tourists were immediately plunged into trouble with their top order once again struggling to cope with the demands of batting against the seaming and swinging ball.
Opener Devon Smith continued his wretched tour by playing on to Lancashire seamer Sajid Mahmood in the third over and Chris Woakes continued his eye-catching first outing for the Lions by claiming two victims in a six-over new-ball spell.
The 20-year-old Warwickshire seamer, who claimed a career-best six for 43 in the first innings, captured the key wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan when he was caught down the leg side, and then surprised Denesh Ramdin with a lifting delivery which he fended to second slip.
Simmons showed some defiance by hitting six fours and a six in his 63 before falling lbw to Rashid.
But it was the prized scalp of Chanderpaul that was the catalyst for West Indies' collapse when he failed to read Rashid's googly and was also given lbw with the tourists just 46 runs ahead.
Chanderpaul's demise spread panic with Brendan Nash mis-timing an attempted cut off Rashid to slip and Durham seamer Liam Plunkett wrapping up the tail with four wickets in three overs.
It left the Lions with six regulation overs of the day remaining and a possible eight more if they took the extra half hour to claim their victory target, which looked unlikely after they crawled to three in the first three overs.
Lions captain Rob Key, selected for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament, realised the stage was set to prove his credentials for that event and quickly sparked the victory charge into life.
Key hit an unbeaten 33 off 29 balls, including three boundaries, while opening partner Stephen Moore finished on 30 as the Lions eased home.