Lions held by flying Simmons
England Lions remain joint top of the West Indies Cricket Board championship despite having to settle for a draw with Trinidad & Tobago.
The Lions harboured hopes of forcing victory in Port of Spain on the final morning of their four-day clash, but the hosts comfortably completed the task of surviving just over two sessions to stave off defeat.
Resuming their second innings on 185 for four, the Lions progressed to 277 for six on the back of an unbeaten 44 from James Taylor and Liam Plunkett’s 38 not out from number nine.
That left T&T chasing an improbable 320 for victory, although the likelihood of a remarkable pursuit increased as opener Lendl Simmons flayed 94 off 99 balls.
He had struck 12 fours and two sixes by the time he perished to the last delivery before tea - one of two wickets for leg-spinner Adil Rashid - after which there was time enough for Daren Ganga to construct an unbeaten 60.
T&T were 196 for three when Ganga and opposite number James Hildreth shook hands on a draw, a result which leaves the Lions level on 24 points with Combined Campuses & Colleges and Jamaica at the top of the regional standings after three games.
CC&C provide the opposition in the Lions' next game, which starts on Friday at the Three Ws Oval in Barbados.