Tor­ment at hands of with River­side re­ver­sal


Sunday Sun - - Cricket -

tly to point be­fore trudg­ing from the stage.

Hales should have suf­fered the same fate four balls later but his clip to square leg was fum­bled by Rov­man Pow­ell, a miss that proved costly.

The opener made Kes­rick Wil­liams pick up the tab, strik­ing four bound­aries in the seamer’s first over and then spray­ing Tay­lor around the on side, cul­mi­nat­ing in a hook for six.

Hav­ing nar­rowly es­caped a golden duck, Hales found him­self on 35 from 12 de­liv­er­ies.

West In­dies be­gan to com­plain about the greasy out­field, their case sup­ported by wick­et­keeper Chad­wick Wal­ton slip­ping and re­quir­ing treat­ment. That ar­gu­ment, and the game, was go­ing against the is­lan­ders un­til Brath­waite in­ter­vened, part­ing Hales’ stumps with noth­ing more spec­tac­u­lar than a full, straight length ball. Eng­land’s mid­dle-or­der en­gine room fal­tered against spin, with Root (17) jab­bing half-heart­edly at Ash­ley Nurse and cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan re­verse- Adil Rashid was the pick of Eng­land’s bowlers with 3-25 sweep­ing Su­nil Narine straight to short third man.

Mor­gan has now scored just 12 runs in his last six in­nings, with Eng­land, Mid­dle­sex and the Bar­ba­dos Tri­dents.

Eng­land reached the halfway mark on 83 for four, three shy of the Duck­worth-Lewis par, with Jos But­tler and Jonny Bairstow reel­ing in the 100 mark two overs later.

Bairstow thrashed Pol­lard for an over­due sec­ond six of the in­nings to end the 14th over, but Wil­liams re­fused to let mo­men­tum slip, per­suad­ing But­tler to hole out for 30 and then tak­ing Rashid’s edge with a short ball.

Eng­land pride them­selves on bat­ting to 11 but Wil­ley, Jor­dan and Plun­kett failed to bail their col­leagues out as the in­nings sub­sided for 155.

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