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Brendan Nash

Brendan Nash was unbeaten on 56 as Jamaica reached 259 for four in reply to England Lions' first-innings 358 at Sabina Park

England Lions met top-order resistance from Jamaica on day two of their final WICB regional four-day championship match.

Responding to a competitive 358 at Sabina Park, the hosts’ first four all registered half-centuries to usher their side to 259 for four at stumps. Lions left-arm spinner Danny Briggs claimed two wickets to take his competition tally to 26.

The tourists began the day by extending their last-wicket partnership from 37 to 55 with Chris Woakes, who was on 104 overnight, last out for 115 - leaving Nathan Buck unbeaten on eight.

Jamaica openers Simon Jackson and Danza Hyatt made significant inroads into the Lions’ total with a 126-run partnership, ended by Woakes who bowled Hyatt for 59.

Jackson followed to Briggs in the next over for 60 but former and current West Indies batsmen Marlon Samuels and Brendan Nash shared an alliance worth 93.

Briggs snared Samuels for 58 and the Lions again broke through in consecutive overs when Buck dismissed Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert.

However, they could not dislodge Nash, who was unbeaten on 56, with another Windies batsman - Wavell Hinds - for company.

Victory for the Lions will ensure they finish top of the table although they cannot advance to the knockout stages, which are only open to the Caribbean sides.

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