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Hain's career-best powers England Lions to second win


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Hain remained unbeaten on 145 off 134 balls. © Getty

Sam Hain’s career-best 145 in List-A cricket and a strong bowling performance set up England Lions second successive victory in the tri-series as they defeated Windies A by 87 runs. Riding on Hain’s unbeaten knock off 134 balls, which included 16 fours, along with half-centuries from Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Steven Mullaney, Lions posted a formidable total of 318 for 5 after opting to bat. Despite promising starts, none of the Windies batsmen could come up with a substantial contribution as Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan and Reece Topley shared the spoils to bowl the opposition out for 231.

While the beginning wasn’t great for Lions, who lost Nick Gubbins for a duck in the opening over, they received a strong platform through Hain and Kohler-Cadmore who added 148 for the second wicket. Lions, though, lost their way a bit in the middle overs as Gubbins, Liam Livingstone and Ben Foakes departed in quick succession to leave the hosts at 161 for 4.

The resurrection act came in the form of a 95-run fifth wicket association between Hain and skipper Mullaney, who paced their partnership well to take the scoreboard forward. Despite a 12-over period in which not a single boundary was scored, Hain and Mullaney ensured that they had wickets in hand for the death overs and accelerated at the opportune time. Following Mullaney’s dismissal, a 14-ball 28 from Dawson came in handy. Hain, who had scored at less than a run-a-ball before the start of the final over, struck Chemar Holder for four consecutive boundaries to provide the finishing touches to the innings.

Windies started well in the chase courtesy a 50-run opening stand but lost Jermaine Blackwood and Devon Thomas soon after, with Jordan striking off successive deliveries in the ninth over. Chandrapaul Hemraj and captain Jason Mohammed led a brief recovery through a 49-run partnership but quick wickets followed, hampering Windies’ progress as they slipped to 165 for 7.

Rovman Powell and Dominic Drakes tried to revive the chase with their brisk 55-run stand for the eighth wicket. But with the required rate constantly increasing, Windies couldn’t catch up and lost Drakes and Jomel Warrican, with Reece Topley striking twice in an over. Powell managed to register a half-century but his efforts came in a futile cause and he was the last to be dismissed as Topley finished with a three-wicket haul.

Brief scores: England Lions 318/5 in 50 overs (Sam Hain 145*, Tom Kohler-Cadmore 67, Steven Mullaney 58; Jomel Warrican 1-46) beat Windies A 231 in 44.4 overs (Rovman Powell 55, Jason Mohammed 52; Liam Dawson 4-27, Chris Jordan 3-25, Reece Topley 3-54) by 87 runs.

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