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All four for Woakes on rain-hit day

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Chris Woakes & Ramnaresh Sarwan

Chris Woakes was denied this shout but he took Ramnaresh Sarwan and three others in figures of 4-26 at Derby

Chris Woakes delivered a timely demonstration of his huge potential by cutting through West Indies' top order at Derby in their final warm-up match ahead of the first npower Test.

The 20-year-old Warwickshire seamer had already surfaced on England's radar after an impressive first full season in county cricket, in which he claimed 42 LV= County Championship wickets at 20.57.

But given his first outing for England Lions, Woakes excelled with 4-26 as the tourists struggled to reach 76 for four at the end of an opening day restricted to 28 overs by rain.

Given the new ball ahead of Durham seamer Liam Plunkett, Woakes made an immediate impression during the 3.1 overs played between the showers during the morning session. He made the breakthrough in his second over after the Lions won the toss and decided to bowl.

Aiming to increase the pressure on the tourists, who were dismissed for 146 during last weekend's warm-up match against Essex in Chelmsford, the Lions caused early problems with Lancashire fast bowler Mahmood almost striking in the third over of the day.

Opener Lendl Simmons, who scored a century during West Indies' opening warm-up match at Leicester, pushed forward to Mahmood and edged low to Samit Patel at second slip but he was unable to hold the catch.

That was the last action for 20 minutes while the first of many rain showers interrupted.

Lendl Simmons & England Lions

Lendl Simmons begins the walk back to the pavilion on a rain-hit morning in West Indies' final warm-up match

Only four balls after the restart Woakes claimed his first victim with Simmons pushing forward in almost identical fashion and edged behind to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose.

England's breakthrough sparked another interruption, which this time lasted until 5pm, by which time late evening sunshine had replaced the cloud cover which had helped the seamers earlier in the day.

The change in conditions did not seem to affect Woakes, however, who struck in his second over after the resumption with Devon Smith edging behind attempting to drive off the front foot.

Stand-in captain Denesh Ramdin, leading the side while West Indies wait for captain Chris Gayle to return from Indian Premier League duty, became Woakes' third victim when he edged to Ian Bell at third slip playing defensively off the back foot.

Experienced batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan was the only West Indies' batsman who offered any resistance to Woakes' accurate swing bowling, getting off the mark with a cut for four as one of six boundaries in his 31 off 41 balls.

Sarwan appeared to have ended Woakes' spell from the Pavilion End by hitting him for two boundaries in an over, but could not resist following a wider delivery off the final ball of that over and edged to Patel at second slip.

At 55 for four, West Indies were on course for a humiliating total but Shivnarine Chanderpaul steadied the innings with an unbeaten 15 in the next 12 overs.

Play ended 20 minutes prematurely because of the low sun.

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