Saurashtra v England Lions, Mumbai February 23, 2008

Joyce century sets up Lions win

Cricinfo staff

England Lions 298 for 7 (Joyce 104, Denly 56) beat Saurashtra 122 (Shreck 4-37) by 176 runs

Ed Joyce struck 104 as England Lions completed their India tour with a comprehensive 176-run win against Saurashtra. His century enabled the Lions to close in on 300 before an efficient bowling display, led by Charlie Shreck's four wickets, completed the victory.

Joyce added 122 for the second wicket with Joe Denly (56) to set a solid platform for the middle order. Andrew Flintoff made 23 off 28 balls in his second outing, after missing the last match with a stomach bug, but he and Joyce fell with the score on 195.

The acceleration came from James Hildreth and Michael Yardy as the pair added 84 for the fifth wicket. Hildreth clubbed 43 off 31 balls and Yardy contributed 42 off 33 as the Lions made up for their below-par effort in the previous match. Nayan Doshi, the Derbyshire left-arm spinner, claimed two wickets but was carted for 80 runs off his 10 overs.

Saurashtra never provided a challenge in the run chase as all the Lions bowlers chipped in. Graham Onions began the rout by striking with the third ball and there was a steady procession of wickets with Shreck removing the lower order.