Lions romp to second win
England Lions completed their preparations for the upcoming West Indies regional championships with another comprehensive first-innings victory over St Kitts & Nevis.
James Taylor and Jonathan Bairstow impressed with 82 and 81 not out respectively as the tourists declared on 296 for five, a lead of 161.
St Kitts & Nevis reached 63 for one in their second innings before stumps were drawn, with Jade Dernbach claiming 1-4 from four hostile overs.
The Lions started the second day on 83 for one, with Craig Kieswetter alongside Taylor at the crease.
Taylor looked on course to record a century but fell short of the landmark when he swept Shane Jeffers straight to Akeem Fox, who held on to a sharp catch.
Kieswetter took his score on to 46 before he was trapped lbw offering no shot to Tonito Willet, while Ben Stokes was run out cheaply following a mix-up with Andrew Gale, who then guided spinner Jacques Taylor to Steve Liburd at slip.
An impressive sixth-wicket stand between Lions captain James Hildreth and Bairstow stablised the Lions innings. The former finished unbeaten on 38, while Bairstow struck five fours and five sixes in his entertaining run-a-ball knock.
The subsequent declaration allowed England’s bowlers to have another brief workout and Dernbach responded with the wicket of Fox, caught behind by Kieswetter.