Lions thrash woeful Windies
10-wicket hammering leaves tourists in disarray ahead of first Test
Last Updated: 03/05/09 11:56am
Eye off the ball: West Indies' batting line-up failed again
West Indies 203 (D E Bernard 58, C R Woakes 6-43) & 179 (L M P Simmons 63, S Chanderpaul 50, L E Plunkett 4-30) v England Lions 311 (T R Ambrose 117, A U Rashid 72, N T Pascal 4-68) & 72-0
England Lions beat West Indies by 10 wkts
The England Lions inflicted a humiliating 10-wicket defeat on West Indies with a day to spare in the tourists' final warm-up match before the first Test.
After skittling West Indies for 179 in their second innings, Lions openers Robert Key and Stephen Moore required just 9.5 overs to knock off a victory target of 72.
West Indies' misfiring batting line-up was again to blame as they failed for the second time in the match to continue a worrying theme from their early tour excursions.
They were bowled out for 146 by Essex last weekend and subsided for 203 in the first innings of this encounter at Derby's County Ground.
The latest struggles came on the same day that captain Chris Gayle was given permission to arrive in England on Monday - just two days before the start of the first Test at Lord's - so he can play an extra IPL match for Kolkata Knight Riders.
At the start of the third day, the Lions extended their first innings from 143-6 to 311 all out, a lead of 108.
Wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose, left out England's Test and limited-overs squads during the past week, put aside his disappointment to hit a defiant 117 off 146 balls.
The Warwickshire gloveman dominated a 152-run stand with Adil Rashid, who survived being dropped on 19 by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at slip off seamer Jerome Taylor (3-54) to hit an impressive 60.
Ambrose fell in the over before lunch when he got a leading edge to the medium pace of Lendl Simmons (1-10) straight to cover, while Rashid was caught in the deep attempting an upper cut.
West Indies' second innings began badly when Devon Smith (1) played onto his stumps off Lancashire seamer Sajid Mahmood (1-32) in the third over.
Chris Woakes (2-21) made a double strike to remove Ramnaresh Sarwan and Denesh Ramdin as the 20-year-old Warwickshire seamer continued to impress following his haul of 6-43 in the first innings.
Sarwan (13) was caught down the leg-side and Ramdin (3) guided a lifting delivery to third slip to reduce West Indies to 29-3.
After Simmons (63) and Chanderpaul (50) put on 87 for the fourth wicket, Liam Plunkett and Rashid took centre stage as West Indies lost their last seven wickets for just 63 runs.
Yorkshire leg-spinner Rashid (3-66) removed Simmons (63), Chanderpaul (50) and Brendan Nash (19) before Durham seamer Plunkett ran through the tail for figures of 4-30.
Faced with such a modest run chase, Key (33no) and Moore (30no) took an aggressive approach to ensure they overhauled their target before the close to earn a day off on Sunday.