Chris Woakes steers England to tense win against WICB XI
England 234-8 (Bairstow 86) beat
WICB XI 233 (Hamilton 73) by two wickets
Tour match in St Kitts
After Jonny Bairstow played a fluent 86, Chris Woakes stayed unbeaten on 47 to see England through in a tense chase of 234 with two wickets in hand in the tour game against West Indies Cricket Board XI in St Kitts.
WICB XI decided to bat first on winning the toss. Regular strikes from Liam Plunkett (3-44) saw the hosts reduced to 55 for five by the 17th over.
Skipper Jahmar Hamilton (73) counterattacked the England bowlers with his steady 90 ball knock which had five boundaries and two maximums in it.
Hamilton had the support of Rahkeem Cornwall (59) and Kyle Mayers (33) as WICB XI managed to post 233 before they were dismissed in 48 overs.
Plunkett and Ben Stokes (3-45) were the pick of the England bowlers with three wickets each while Woakes (2-37) snared two wickets as well.
In the chase, despite the early loss of Sam Billings (2), Bairstow (86) and Joe Root (46) resurrected the innings with a 117-run stand for the second wicket.
However, a double strike from Damion Jacobs (2-54) saw both Bairstow and Root dismissed in a span of nine runs following which England collapsed to 177 for seven with regular fall of wickets.
Woakes (47 not out) and Adil Rashid (10) added 45 runs for the eighth wicket to take the total past the 200-run mark and another unbeaten 22-run stand with Plunkett (6 not out) to complete the chase in 48.5 overs with two wickets in hand.
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