Bairstow shines in Eng­land clean sweep

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - SPORT -

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.

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