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Simmons sizzles for Windies

Tourists seize control at Grace Road

Simmons: helped himself to century

Tour Match
Grace Road
Leicestershire 182 (S J Benn 4-31) & 51-1 v West Indies 320-6 dec (L M P Simmons 102, B P Nash 78)

Lendl Simmons' century was the highlight as West Indies dominated the second day of their tour opener against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Having resumed on 80-4 in reply to Leicestershire's 182, Simmons ensured the tourists built a solid lead before declaring at 320-6 after 100 overs of their first innings.

The Trinidad right-hander shared a 154-run stand with Brendan Nash spanning 50 overs before both men retired hurt due to minor niggles.

Simmons, the nephew of former West Indies and Leicestershire favourite Phil, was given one reprieve on 79 when he slashed at left-arm seamer Harry Gurney (1-59) and was dropped at slip by Boeta Dippenaar, but otherwise seemed to have adjusted impressively to the early-season English conditions.


He retired hurt only three balls after reaching three figures with a drive through extra cover for his 11th four, but had recovered sufficiently from cramp in his right arm to take the field when Leicestershire began their reply.

Nash, a more cautious batsman by his nature, was equally impressive and, although he was watchful at first, he also hit 11 fours before retiring after being hit on his inner thigh for a determined 78 after twice surviving scares running between the wickets.

Uncapped fast bowler Andrew Richardson ensured West Indies finished the day in buoyant spirits by removing home opener Tom New for a duck in his second over when he fended a short ball to gully, but Matthew Boyce (19no) and Josh Cobb (17no) survived some difficult moments to see Leicestershire to stumps at 51-1 in their second innings, still 87 behind.

West Indies are yet to be joined in England by skipper Chris Gayle and pace spearhead Fidel Edwards, who are both on Indian Premier League duty, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jerome Taylor are not expected to arrive until the weekend after recovering from injuries.

They have two more warm-up fixtures, against Essex (Apr 25-27) and the England Lions (Apr 30-May 3) prior to the first Test at Lord's, which starts on May 6.