Match reports

England v West Indies, 2012

A review of the England Lions v West Indians tour match, 2012

At Northampton, May 10-13. England Lions won by ten wickets. Toss: England Lions.
Not for the last time, one good day could not avert a heavy West Indian defeat. They started the third morning 166 behind, with seven wickets left, before Powell guided them into the lead, sharing century partnerships with Bravo and Chanderpaul. Samuels, newly arrived from India, and Ramdin helped ensure a target of almost 200. But the Lions openers, Root and Carberry, galloped home in 48.5 overs. That was exactly how long the tourists' struggle against the moving ball had lasted on the opening day. Brooks, at his county ground, and Dernbach reduced them to 16 for three, and only Bravo and Samuels averted catastrophe before Meaker struck three times in 14 balls. Next day the Lions limped to 98 for five, with Bell making little of the match practice he had requested. Then Taylor took charge, adding 107 with Bairstow - promoted to the Test squad two days later. Taylor was 86 when the ninth wicket fell, but Dernbach got him past three figures, in a stand of 64 in ten overs. The West Indians lost three men cheaply that evening, and their strong performance on the third day could not make up the lost ground.
Close of play: first day, England Lions 40-1 (Carberry 15, Compton 18); second day, West Indians 28-3 (Powell 8, Bravo 0); third day, West Indians 377-8 (Ramdin 31, Roach 0).