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Taylor sews up draw for Lions

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James Taylor

James Taylor followed up his 96 in England Lions' first match with a fine 186 to help secure a predictable draw against Barbados today

James Taylor narrowly missed out on a double century as he and England Lions once again made hay with the bat in their drawn encounter with Barbados.

There may have been little chance of a positive result when the Lions began the final day of their second West Indies Cricket Board championship clash on 349 for four, but Taylor enhanced his burgeoning reputation by converting his overnight 97 into a splendid 186.

His was the most noteworthy contribution in a total of 538 all out, which translated into a first-innings lead of 67 for the Lions by the time stumps were drawn.

It was their second successive score in excess of 500 - they made 553 to set up an innings victory over Leeward Islands - and extended their impressive start to the West Indies domestic competition.

If Taylor, who made 96 in that opening match, took the plaudits today, credit must also go to Craig Kieswetter.

Unbeaten on 47 overnight, he progressed to 75 to complement the unbeaten 116 he made against Leeward Islands, while Danny Briggs weighed in with an unbeaten 38 from number nine.

The Lions condemned Barbados to 186.5 overs in the field; former West Indies seamer Pedro Collins finished with the most respectable figures, 3-89, by virtue of his three wickets yesterday.

The Lions’ 18-point haul from two games leaves them joint top of the table alongside Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, whom they meet in their next match, at the Queen’s Park Oval starting on Friday.