Rahkeem Cornwall restricts Lions to 233-6

BY SANJAY MYERS
Senior staff reporter
myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, February 12, 2018

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FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny —Touring England Lions laboured to 233-6 on a spinner-friendly surface on the opening day of the first “Test” against West Indies “A” at Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.

At the close yesterday, all-rounder Paul Coughlin was not out on 51, while Toby Roland-Jones is on 18. The 25-year-old Coughlin was the most fluent batsman during a day of attrition, hitting five boundaries off 95 balls.

Left-hander Nick Gubbins was dismissed for an even 50, while left-hand opener and Captain Keaton Jennings supported with 49.

Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall made good use of the turn and grip on offer to claim 3-63.

Score: England Lions 233-6 (97 overs).

Earlier, the hosts won the toss and sent the Lions to take first strike under sunny skies with a stiff breeze rushing across the venue.

The Lions reached 38-1 before Haseeb Hameed (13) played down the wrong line with his defensive, forward shot and went leg before wicket to a straight ball from left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.

Jennings, who made an unbeaten hundred in a warm-up game against a Jamaica XI last week, batted beyond the lunch interval, but he was eventually dismissed just one run shy of a fifty off 130 balls.

The relentless Cornwall was the bowler when he lured Jennings to play at a delivery that was edged to Jermaine Blackwood at slip at 94-2.

It was soon three down when Joe Clarke (one) loosely flicked pacer Keon Joseph to midwicket where Vishal Singh hung on to a low catch.

Just like his skipper did, Gubbins played patiently and stubbornly in compiling his innings against a mostly disciplined bowling show from the hosts, but he too was eventually sent packing by Cornwall.

This time he was tricked by an arm ball from the burly Cornwall's straight delivery and was pinned lbw. The batsman struck six fours off 107 balls.

An intriguing contest then ensued between Cornwall and Liam Livingstone as the middle-order batsman appeared hell bent on disrupting the spinner's rhythm. But his exuberance got the better of him when he charged down the pitch to a delivery that Cornwall hung back a touch and was bowled for 21 at 149-5.

Fast bowler Jeremiah Louis, on West Indies debut, got his first wicket and the only to fall in the final session when Ben Foakes (16) chased a wide outswinger and feathered a catch to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

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