Bairstow shines in England clean sweep
England limited the tourists to 288 for six
Jonny Bairstow bagged his second hundred of the Royal London Series as England set aside controversial distractions to end their longest summer with a nine-wicket romp and 4-0 clean sweep against the West Indies.
Eoin Morgan’s men could perhaps have been forgiven for trudging to the finish line after the arrest of Ben Stokes on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, and his and Alex Hales’ subsequent suspension by the England and Wales Cricket Board from international fixtures until further notice.
But England limited the tourists to 288 for six despite Shai Hope’s 72 from number three and then – underpinned by Bairstow’s 90-ball century, and 96 from his opening partner Jason Roy – chased with unerring ease and 12 overs to spare.
A second successive century opening stand put them on track, Roy narrowly missing his hundred for the second time in three days since returning in place of Hales and Bairstow (141 not out) then completing the job with England’s highest individual score against the Windies.
Scotland were dealt a blow last night when Josh Davey was ruled unfit to travel to Papua New Guinea for next week’s crucial World Cricket League double-header.
The Somerset allrounder, who boasts the best bowling figures by a Scot in one-day internationals, has failed to shake off the effects of a niggling knee injury.
Davey had been due to fly out yesterday with Sussex bowler Stuart Whittingham to bolster a squad which has recorded two warm-up wins against Auckland Aces.
Scottish officials were yesterday awaiting ICC approval to name a replacement. The Scots face PNG in a four-day Intercontinental Cup match starting tomorrow.