Carberry, Taylor tons seal series for Lions
England Lions 367-3 (Carberry 146, Taylor 106*, Rahman 1-41) beat Bangladesh A 176 (Jahurul 53, Jordan 4-38, Carberry 1-1) by 191 runs
Michael Carberry amplified his claim for a place in the England ODI squad for the upcoming series against Australia after battering Bangladesh A for 146 in the second unofficial ODI in Taunton, while James Taylor also made his mark in the game with an unbeaten century to remind the selectors and Lions coach Ashley Giles, just what he was capable of. The visitors, unable to handle yet another deluge of runs, were eventually crushed by 191 runs, as the Lions took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Bangladesh were defeated for the seventh consecutive time on tour, and this result was been made even worse by virtue of the fact that their bowlers conceded in excess of 350 for the second straight game as the home side topped Tuesday's 353 for 4 with another massive score, this time making 367 for 3 after they decided to bat first.
Carberry, while at 59, reached an important milestone by crossing 500 runs in both List A and Twenty20 cricket this season. He struck eighteen fours and four sixes in his innings, and added 70 for the first wicket with James Vince. But his third wicket stand with Taylor was the clincher, as the pair added 185 in just 165 deliveries. Taylor reached his century off the penultimate ball of the innings with a six off Robiul Islam, and ended up on 106 off 100 balls with seven fours and four sixes as the Bangladesh bowlers were handed a hiding.
Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny had been the tourists' most successful bowler on tour, but he was flogged for 95 off his nine overs. Sohag Gazi, Robiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain and Mominul Haque all went for more than six runs an over, with only Ziaur Rahman bowling tidily and ending with 1 for 41.
Captain Jahurul Islam made his first half-century on tour and Naeem Islam scored a 54-ball 31, but with wickets falling at regular intervals, neither batsman was unable to build a significant partnership, as Bangladesh were bowled out for 176 in 44.4 overs.
Sussex pacer Chris Jordan was the pick of the bowlers, ending with 4-38, while David Willey, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes, Luke Wright and Carberry all notched a wicket each to complete the rout.