President’s XI go down

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February 28, 2017
Rahkeem Cornwall

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):

All-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall did his West Indies chances little harm with another stellar half-century but the WICB President's XI went down by two wickets to England in a 50-overs tour match here yesterday.

The big-hitting Cornwall struck an attacking 59 from 61 deliveries while captain Jahmar Hamilton enhanced his credentials with a top score of 73 as the hosts, opting to bat first, were dismissed for 233 off 48 overs.

Left-handed Kyle Mayers weighed in with a better than run-a-ball 33 while opener Kyle Hope chipped in with 24.

Ben Stokes (3-35) and Liam Plunkett (3-44) led the England attack with three wickets apiece while fellow Chris Woakes (2-37) finished with a brace.

In reply, England were lifted by opener Jonny Bairstow who top-scored with 86 while Woakes stroked an unbeaten, run-a-ball 47 and Joe Root, 46.

Off-spinner Andre McCarthy (2-4), fast bowler Ronsford Beaton (2-46) and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs (2-54) all finished with two wickets each.

Cornwall's half-century - his fourth in List A - was required in emergency circumstances after the President's XI slumped to 55 for five in the 16th over.

They will now turn their attention to the three-match One-Day International series against West Indies starting at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua on Friday.

Scores: President's XI 233 off 48 overs; England 234 for eight off 48.5 overs.

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