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Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter raced to a century during an unbroken first-wicket stand of 168 with Jimmy Adams as England Lions scented victory

Craig Kieswetter and Jimmy Adams shared an unbroken 168-run opening stand to give England Lions the prospect of a final-day victory over Combined Campuses & Colleges in Barbados.

Kieswetter matched Adams’ feat of a century in the game as the Lions closed on 168 without loss from 39 overs at the Three Ws Oval, a lead of 213. The former had 102 to the latter’s 56.

It represented a satisfying second half of day three for the tourists, who were frustrated by CC&C earlier on.

Resuming on 176 for five, a first-innings deficit of 197, Adil Rashid soon trapped Nkruma Bonner in front on his overnight score of 13.

Raymon Reifer, who began the day four short of a half-century, and Carlos Brathwaite then shared the first of a series of partnerships that held up the Lions.

They had put on 43 when Reifer was run out by Danny Briggs for 70 and Brathwaite added 37 with Kevin McClean, who left-arm spinner Briggs trapped in front for 20.

Leg-spinner Rashid, who took 3-114 from 43 overs, accounted for Ryan Austin on 13 but a last-wicket stand mustered 49, reducing the Lions’ first-innings lead to 45.

Briggs, who finished with 4-74 from 33 overs, removed Kavesh Kantasingh for six to leave Brathwaite stranded on 81.

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