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Trott ton sets up Lions win

Jonathan Trott

Jonathan Trott hit a wonderful century as England Lions grabbed a deserved win

Jonathan Trott hit a perfectly paced 118 as England Lions beat West Indies A by five wickets to ensure a winning start to the triangular series.

The 29-year-old's second one-day hundred this season, which spanned 130 deliveries and included 14 fours, was the mainstay of a successful chase which saw the Lions reach their target of 280 with eight balls remaining.

Trott shared stands of 113 with captain Alastair Cook, who made 71, and 82 with fellow Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell, whose bright and breezy 44 gave the Lions innings a timely boost during the middle overs.

Earlier in the day, West Indies won the toss and were indebted to Kirk Edwards' brutal 147 from just 132 balls, which dragged them out of the depths and to a challenging total.

Ajmal Shahzad made a perfect start with the ball when he removed Devon Smith with the first delivery of the day - a snorter which bounced and nipped away from the left hander who got a thin tickle to Steven Davies.

Smith cracked a century in a 166-run win against India A at the same venue just 24 hours earlier but found England Lions' bowling attack less obliging.

Shahzad was unlucky not to add to that early wicket as he regularly beat the bat during an impressive opening five over burst which cost just six runs.

Fellow new ball bowler Chris Woakes was typically miserly and was rewarded in his fourth over with the scalp of Andre Fletcher, who played all round a straight delivery which knocked middle and off stump out of the Wantage Road turf.

Barbados right-hander Edwards, who had made just one First Class ton prior to this game, began to find his touch with boundaries off Woakes and Sajid Mahmood, both clipped through midwicket.

But West Indies, having reached 46 for two in the 16th over, soon lost another wicket when Omar Phillips had an ugly waft at Ravi Bopara and was caught behind.

Edwards and Assad Fudadin embarked upon a recovery mission with the former laying down a statement of intent with a towering six off James Tredwell's third ball that landed on the roof of the indoor school.

The muscular 25-year-old then heaved Mahmood for another huge six over long-on to bring up his fifty as the scoreboard began rattling along at an alarming rate.

In contrast, left-hander Fudadin was more watchful during the early part of his innings, but a sweetly timed lofted drive off Woakes that smashed into the commentary box was as good as anything seen all day.

He soon departed for 51, bringing to an end a fine 137-run stand, caught in the deep by Mahmood off the returning Bopara to leave West Indies 183 for four.

Edwards continued his brutal assault with another maximum off Tredwell and reached his century, from 103 deliveries, with a square cut off Bopara that raced for four.

Ajmal Shahzad

The impressive Ajmal Shahzad was the pick of the attack with 2-25 from 10 overs during the win in Northampton

Shahzad returned to tempt Kevin Stoute into a wild swish that Woakes gobbled up at midwicket but new batsman Andre Russell picked up the baton and flayed 22 at the death - most coming from a wayward Mahmood.

Edwards continued to punish anything loose and, after hitting eight more boundaries since reaching his hundred, eventually fell in the late charge for runs, yorked by Woakes.

In reply England Lions stuttered to 24 for one in the fifth over when Davies spooned a simple catch to Smith off Gavin Tonge.

Trott joined Cook at the crease and the pair kept up with the run-rate with a succession of boundaries which included a pulled six from the skipper off Andre Russell.

Trott asserted himself with a perfectly timed off-drive for four off leg-spinner Anthony Martin and a flayed cut from Lionel Baker which flew to the boundary.

Cook moved to his fifty, from 52 balls, in the 18th over before he and Trott both took boundaries off Baker as England Lions stayed on course.

A punched single down the ground in the 24th over by Trott off Martin brought up the 100-run stand and it was soon the Warwickshire man's turn to raise his bat in the following over, his fifty coming off 62 deliveries.

Cook then holed out off Imran Khan as he tried to force the pace but the busy Bell kept the scoreboard ticking along.

He turned on the gas with a flurry of boundaries off Khan and a six in the 41st over which sailed back over the bowler's head.

Bell perished in the next over when he edged Tonge behind, leaving the Lions 219 for three, but the wicket introduced Bopara who soon got into his stride with a pull for six off Russell which was followed by a sumptuous straight drive.

Trott reached his century, from 116 balls, but there was still work to do once Bopara played on with 27 still needed from four overs.

Trott relieved some of the pressure by clipping Russell over midwicket for four but he could not quite see the job through, edging behind with just six runs required. It was left to Darren Stevens to hit the winning runs on debut.