Lions dismantle Leeward Islands
England Lions made an ideal start to their West Indies Cricket Board championship campaign with an innings-and-120-run demolition of Leeward Islands with over a day to spare at Warner Park.
Lions seam bowler Jade Dernbach starred in the hosts’ second innings with superb figures of 5-16 in 10.3 overs.
Only opening batsman Kieran Powell provided significant resistance for Leeward Islands with 131 in their first effort.
Powell resumed this morning on 82 in a first-innings total of 148 for two, 405 behind the tourists.
He soon lost captain Stephen Liburd to Ravi Bopara for 30 and West Indies international Omari Banks, trapped in front by James Harris.
Three more wickets fell at regular intervals as Ben Stokes had Tonito Willett caught behind, Danny Briggs pinned Devon Thomas lbw and Powell perished to Dernbach for 131, including 16 fours and two sixes.
Gavin Tonge and Justin Athanaze rallied with 61 for the eighth wicket but the former fell to Harris, for an offensive 38 from 22 balls featuring five fours and a pair of maximums, and Nathan Buck had the latter leg before for 25.
Left-arm spinner Briggs removed Lionel Baker to dismiss the hosts for 306 and claim an impressive return of 3-44 in 21.1 overs.
Lions skipper James Hildreth enforced the follow-on and Dernbach quickly sent Montchin Hodge and Shane Burton on their way.
Powell again proved stubborn but Harris trapped the left-hander in front for 27 and Willett followed first ball to Dernbach in the same manner.
Bopara struck to remove Thomas before Dernbach bowled Banks for nought and Buck cleaned up Liburd.
Athanze and Tonge again held the Lions up, relying on attack as the best form of defence.
However, Briggs accounted for Tonge on 30 and Baker before Dernbach completed victory, dismising Anthony Martin for a duck and Leeward Islands for 127 in 38.3 overs.
Athanze was left unbeaten on 42 with five fours and two sixes to his name.
The Lions’ next WICB championship encounter is against Barbados at the Kensington Oval, starting on Friday.