Monday, February 12th, 2018

Clarke Dismissed For Single On Opening Day Of Lions Series In Caribbean

joe clarke was dismissed for a single on the opening day of the england lions three-match ‘test’ series against west indies ‘a’ in trelawny.

the worcestershire batsman had gone into the game in good form after scoring 87 in the warm-up match versus a jamaica x1.

but clarke had made only one when he flicked keon joseph off his legs – and vishaul singh took a superb catch at mid-wicket.

he was third out at 101 in the 43rd over.

an attritional opening day ended with the lions on 233-6 from 96 overs after being put into bat.

nick gubbins and debutant paul coughlin scored half centuries for the lions.

gubbins made an assured 50 before becoming one of three victims for the burly antiguan off-spinner rahkeem cornwall.

the lions were in trouble at 149-5 on a slow, tacky pitch.

but coughlin, who had been presented with his lions cap by adam hollioake before the start, steered them to a much healthier position at the close.

he ended unbeaten on 51 and shared in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 51 with toby roland-jones.

*england will face worcestershire’s t20 blast players for the past four years when they take on new zealand in the t20 tri-series.

colin munro was at New Road for the 2014 and 2015 campaigns and he was replaced by mitchell santner for 2016 and 2017.