Adams sets sturdy platform
Jimmy Adams’ unbeaten century gave England Lions a strong start to their top-of-the-table West Indies Cricket Board championship clash with Combined Campuses & Colleges in Barbados.
The opener batted through 84 overs at the Three Ws Oval in Bridgetown to underpin a total of 260 for four, rewarding James Hildreth’s decision to bat first.
Craig Kieswetter dominated an opening stand of 63 until he departed to off-spinner Ryan Austin for 45. Andrew Gale then added 50 with Adams before left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh trapped him in front for 27.
Hildreth could only manage three when he was bowled by Kantasingh but James Taylor chipped in with 22 before becoming Austin’s second victim.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonathan Bairstow consolidated a satisfying day for the Lions, sharing an unbroken 86-run stand with Adams - the duo ending unbeaten on 115 and 34 respectively.
Although he went wicketless, seamer Carlos Brathwaite - along with Austin and Kantasingh - impressed in conceding only 33 from 15 overs.
Both sides went into the game with 24 points from three matches, a total matched by Jamaica. There are three rounds left after this one.