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Lions Watch - Lions draw against Colleges

— 4 March 2011

Yorkshire’s four England Lions and the rest of the squad in the Caribbean are enjoying a weeK off in the sun before the 4-day regional tournament resumes for them in Guyana on 11 March.

(Photo: Andrew Gale scored 110 and 55 against Trinidad & Tobago)


Next Match: Mar 11-14 – WICB 4-day tournament v Guyana in Guyana

England Lions (6pts) drew with Combined Colleges and Campuses (3pts)

Gale, Bairstow and Rashid all played against the Colleges side, but the Lions were unable to translate another dominant performance into a victory at the 3 Ws Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Andrew Gale and Adil Rashid both produced consistent performances, but it was Jonny Bairstow that did most to enhance hi reputation, falling 15 runs short of a maiden first-class century in the 1st innings.

Feb 25/28 – WICB 4-day tournament v Combined C&C at Bridgetown – MATCH DRAWN
England Lions 373ao
(Adams 142, Bairstow 85, Kieswetter 45, Gale 27) & 256-7dec (Kieswetter 103, Adams 72, Gale 48)
CC&Campuses 328ao (Rashid 3-114, Briggs 4-74) & 204-7

England Lions (6pts) drew with Trinidad & Tobago (3pts)

Andrew Gale top scored with a first innings 110 and followed that with 55 as England Lions drew their third competitive match of the tour against Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain.

Adam Lyth made 34 and 28 and Adil Rashid claimed 2-79 and 2-63, but the Lions couldn’t force victory on the final day as T&T batted to 196-3 chasing a hypothetical 320 to win.

The draw sees the Lions sitting in second place in the table after 3 rounds of the competition and the next game is against Combined C&C side who are sitting in top spot by virtue of a superior run rate.

Feb 18/21 – WICB 4-day tournament v Trinidad & Tobago at Port of Spain – MATCH DRAWN
England Lions 325ao (Gale 110, Lyth 34) & 277-6dec (Gale 55, Lyth 29) 
Trinidad & Tobago 283ao (Dernbach 4-44) & 196-3 (Rashid 2-63)

England Lions (6pts) drew with Barbados (3pts)

The previous match of the tour against Barbados ended in an inevitable draw last week, which left the Lions top of the pile on run-rate.

Adam Lyth (58) and Andrew Gale (37) both played against Barbados and contributed to England Lions 538 all out in reply to the Barbados 471. It was Leicestershire’s James Taylor who stole the headlines however with 186 as the Lions strolled to safety and 6 points for a draw which sees the Lions remain top of the table after two matches, alongside Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.

Feb 11/14 – WICB 4-day tournament v Barbados, Bridgetown – MATCH DRAWN
Barbados 471ao
(Dernbach 5-84)
England Lions 538ao (Lyth 58, Gale 37, Hildreth 81, Taylor 186, Kieswetter 75)
CLICK HERE: Full match scorecard

England Lions (6pts) beat Leeward Islands (3pts)

Feb 4/7 – WICB 4-day tournament v Leeward Islands, Warner Park, St Kitts – ENGLAND LIONS WON BY AN INNINGS AND 120 RUNS
England Lions: 553-6dec
(Lyth 55, Hildreth 149, Kieswetter 116*, Taylor 96)
Leeward Islands: 306 (Briggs 3-44) & 127 (Dernbach 5-16)
CLICK HERE: Full match scorecard


Jan 30/31 – 2 day warm up game v St Kitts & Nevis combined, Molyneaux, St Kitts – MATCH DRAWN
St Kitts & Nevis: 135ao
& 63-1
England Lions: 296-5dec
(Gale 6, Bairstow 81no)
CLICK HERE: Full match scorecard

Jan 28/29 – 2 day warm up game v St Kitts & Nevis combined, Molyneaux, St Kitts – MATCH DRAWN
England Lions: 277ao (Lyth 45, Gale 53, Bairstow 14) & 175-2 (Lyth 72*)
St Kitts & Nevis: 89ao
CLICK HERE: Full match scorecard


The England selectors today named four Yorkshire players in the England Lions squad for the tour of the West Indies in January 2011.

All players currently involved with the England Performance Programme and not included in the England One Day squad for the series against Australia have secured a place in the squad with Ravi Bopara (Essex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), and James Harris (Glamorgan) also included. Steve Finn (Middlesex) will undertake the first half of the tour with Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) replacing him for the second half.

England Lions will be participating in WICB’s Regional Tournament and will play 4-day first-class matches against each of the other seven competing teams – Barbados, Combined Campuses and Colleges, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and Windward Islands. A full schedule will be announced in due course but the Lions are set to depart for the Caribbean on 24 January and will return to the UK on 28 March to prepare for the domestic season.

England national selector, Geoff Miller, said: “The tour of the West Indies gives those players who have been working hard throughout the first part of the winter an opportunity to test themselves in a competitive environment and to continue to put forward a case for inclusion in England squads over the summer.

“The England Performance Programme and England Lions tours are often crucial stages in a player’s development and offer coaches and selectors an insight into whether players have the potential to develop into world class cricketers and thrive on the international stage.

“This is a balanced squad combining players who have had considerable exposure to international and first class cricket with younger players who have already shown considerable promise.”


James Hildreth (Somerset) (Captain), Jimmy Adams (Hampshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Maurice Chambers (Essex), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Steve Finn (Middlesex) (first half of tour only), Andrew Gale (Yorkshire), James Harris (Glamorgan), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Adam Lyth (Yorkshire), Liam Plunkett (Durham), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Leicestershire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) (second half of tour only).