Gale guides England Lions
Andrew Gale top-scored with 53 as England Lions were dismissed for 277 by a combined St Kitts/Nevis XI at Conaree, St Kitts.
On the opening day of the first two-day tour match ahead of the Lions’ participation in the West Indies Cricket Board’s regional tournament, Gale was supported by Adam Lyth and captain James Hildreth with 45 and 41 respectively.
Tonito Willet took 3-60 for the hosts, who were four without loss at the close.
The tourists’ innings proved a good workout on a sluggish pitch, which assisted spin, and long outfield, which denied batsmen full value for their shots.
Given that Gale, Lyth and Hildreth, who won the toss, made promising starts, it was disappointing none of them went on to a big total but the difficulty of scoring gives 277 extra value.
Lyth looked impressive and forged a 74-run opening partnership with Jimmy Adams, who fell for 24 shortly before Lyth.
Ravi Bopara, who added 52 with Hildreth, chipped in with 32 before the skipper, batting maturely, and Gale put on 61.
Gale was positive against spin and unfortunate to be given out caught behind shortly after Jonathan Bairstow went for 14.
Ben Stokes continued the Lions’ aggression with some impressive hitting en route to 20 off 16 balls before failing to fully go through with a pull off Willet and was caught on the boundary.
Liam Plunkett followed for 14 and the tail soon folded.
Plunkett and James Harris, who bowled two maidens, shared the four overs of the hosts’ reply possible before stumps.