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Nightwatchman James Harris shared alliances of 65 with opener Jimmy Adams and 83 with Andrew Gale en route to 73 in Dominica

Nightwatchman James Harris was the unlikely star of England Lions’ second knock as they remained on course to beat Windward Islands in Dominica.

Harris, a seamer with a first-class batting average of 18.56, struck 73 in a total of 290 for nine declared before the hosts slipped to 10 for two, a deficit of 345 going into the final day of the WICB regional four-day championship match.

The 20-year-old, who came to the crease on Friday evening after the early loss of Craig Kieswetter, shared stands of 65 with opener Jimmy Adams and 83 with Andrew Gale, who fell three short of a half-century.

All three perished to left-arm spinner Gary Mathurin, who collected stunning career-best figures of 7-72 from 28.3 overs - eclipsing the 27-year-old’s previous first-class best of 3-11.

Lions captain James Hildreth, who dropped down to number six following his first-innings hundred, chipped in with 41 and Chris Woakes with 33 not out before the tourists declared.

That allowed left-arm spinner Danny Briggs to dislodge both Windward Island openers and leave the Lions on course for a final-match showdown with leaders Jamaica.

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