Hain leads the way in Lions’ triumph

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET -

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.

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