Hain leads the way in Lions’ triumph
CRICKET: Sam Hain led the way for England Lions with a sublime century in an 87-run win over West Indies A at the 3aaa County Ground in Derby.
A day after the Lions defeated India by seven wickets at the same venue, Warwickshire batsman Hain made an early entrance after the fifth-ball dismissal of Nick Gubbins and conjured an unbeaten 145 in a team tally of 318-5.
He and Yorkshire’s Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who made 67, put on 148 for the second wicket, and Hain later shared in a fifthwicket partnership of 95 with captain Steven Mullaney as the home team piled on the runs.
West Indies A reached 50 without loss in reply but then immediately two wickets fell. Jermaine Blackwood went for a rapid 40 and Devon Thomas was bowled first ball, with Chris Jordan removing both batsmen in what was his first over.
Jason Mohammed weighed in with 52 and Rovman Powell made 55, but wickets continued to tumble with spinner Liam Dawson picking up 4-27 and Jordan and Reece Topley each claiming three victims.
West Indies A were all out for 231 with more than five overs to spare. England Lions sit top of the Tri-Series and face India A in Leicester on Tuesday and the West Indian tourists in Northampton on Thursday, needing one further win to reach the July 2 final at the Kia Oval.