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Danny Briggs

Danny Briggs continued his impressive form with a seven-wicket haul for England Lions

Danny Briggs claimed sensational figures of 7-38 as England Lions took control of their second warm-up match against St Kitts & Nevis.

The tourists, who dismissed the same opponents for just 89 in their opening game, once again performed superbly with the ball to restrict the home side to 135 in their first innings.

Teenage Hampshire spinner Briggs was the star of the show as he made good use of a turning wicket, while Nathan Buck impressed on his Lions debut with 2-38.

England had reached 83 for one in reply by the end of day one, with James Taylor unbeaten on 39 alongside Craig Kieswetter, who had nine to his name.

Opener Shane Jeffers was the only batsman to make a substantial contribution for St Kitts & Nevis as they struggled to deal with a youthful Lions attack.

Jeffers reached 53 before being bowled by Jade Dernbach, but the rest of the team were blown away as Briggs, who shone on the England Performance Programme’s recent tour of Australia, exploited their aggressive approach.

With Adam Lyth being rested, along with Ravi Bopara, Taylor partnered Jimmy Adams at the top of the order and appeared largely untroubled.

Adams did fall late in the day, caught and bowled by Jacques Taylor for 31, but England remained in a position of dominance.

Scorecard - St Kitts/Nevis v England Lions, Second Tour Match, Day 1 (10 KB)

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