Sunday 13 May 2012 

Root And Carberry Lead England Lions To Victory

Root And Carberry Lead England Lions To Victory
Root And Carberry Lead England Lions To Victory
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England Lions 341 & 197-0 (Root 115no) beat
West Indians 147 & 390 by ten wickets
Tour game, Northampton
| Day Two | Day Three

Openers Joe Root and Michael Carberry scored 197 runs together as the England Lions romped to a ten-wicket victory over the touring West Indians at Northampton.

After the West Indians were bowled out for 390 in their second innings, Root made 115 not out and Carberry an unbeaten 72 as the Lions chased down the runs in 48.5 overs.

The West Indians added just 13 runs to their score on the final morning, Matt Coles removing Denesh Ramdin for 33 and Ravi Rampaul for one, finishing with figures of four for 76 to hand the home side the initiative.

Jonathan Bairstow was the chief beneficiary from this match in terms of earning a place in the England squad for the opening Test, but Carberry and Root produced reminders of why they were picked for this match in the first place.

Root was in outstanding form, hitting 16 fours in 143 balls while Carberry stroked ten fours in 153 deliveries, the pair meting out heavy punishment on off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who went at more than 4.5 runs per over.

The first Test begins at Lord's on 17th May.

© Cricket World 2012

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