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Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter's unbeaten 116, including an unbroken stand of 146 with James Harris, set up England Lions' declaration of 553 for six

Craig Kieswetter struck England Lions’ second first-innings century, allowing them to declare on a mammoth 553 for six against Leeward Islands at Warner Park, St Kitts.

The wicketkeeper-batsman followed up captain James Hildreth’s hundred with an unbeaten 116 from 102 balls, including 10 fours and four sixes, on day two of the West Indies Cricket Board championship clash.

Kieswetter shared an unbroken stand of 146 with James Harris to set up the declaration midway through the afternoon session.

The hosts responded by making 148 for two by stumps with opener Kieran Powell 82 not out.

The Lions resumed this morning on 320 for three with Hildreth on 127 and James Taylor 79 in a stand worth 186.

They extended that to 221 when Hildreth was caught behind off Gavin Tonge for 149, featuring 16 fours.

Taylor also fell narrowly short of a landmark, to Lionel Baker for 96 - 40 of which were fours, in the same fashion as his skipper.

Ben Stokes raced to 19 before an over-ambitious drive off Anthony Martin cost him his wicket.

Kieswetter displayed good patience yet still maintained a scoring rate in excess of four an over to bring up the 500 with Harris, who hit 52 not out via a combination of deft and lusty strokes.

A pacey new-ball spell from Jade Denbach saw Leeward Islands opener Montcin Hodge removed for nought via a safe slip catch from Jimmy Adams.

Spinner Danny Briggs broke an 83-run stand between Shane Burton and Powell, the former trapped in front for 40 playing across a straight delivery.

In the evening session the tourists had to work exceptionally hard to control the game on a largely unresponsive wicket.

But all bowled with accuracy to create pressure, which yielded chances rejected by the umpires.

Ravi Bopara looked particularly dangerous as the ball started to reverse but home captain Stephen Liburd remained on 21 in an alliance with Powell worth 59.

Tomorrow the Lions’ first target will be to secure the first-innings win points before going for overall victory.

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