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England Dominate St Kitts Tour Game

England Dominate St Kitts Tour Game
Ben Stokes made a successful comeback to the England team picking three wickets in the first innings against St Kitts Invitational XI.
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St Kitts Invitational XI 59 & 76-7 drew
England 379-6 decl (Cook 101)
tour match in St Kitts

England have dominated their first game in the West Indies tour putting considerable pressure on St Kitts Invitational in their tour game in St Kitts.

Opting to bat first, St Kitts Invitational XI were dismantled for mere 59 in their first innings with Jaison Peters top scoring with 22.

All the England bowlers were amongst the wickets with Ben Stokes (3-10) who returned to the England side after a lengthy layoff being the pick of the bowlers.

Chris Jordan (2-19) and Stuart Broad (2-16) managed two wickets each while James Anderson (1-8), Adil Rashid (1-5) and James Tredwell (1-1) picked a wicket apiece.

England got off to the best possible start with the bat with their captain Alastair Cook (101) and the comeback man Jonathan Trott (72) providing a 158-run opening stand.

The doughty left-hander amassed 101 runs before retiring out in a knock involving 11 fours and a six. This was also Cook’s first century in two years for England.

During these two years, Cook has featured in 17 Tests with an aggregate of 899 runs at a mere average of 29.96.

Cook’s woes started from the Ashes series at home in 2013 which continued in the return Ashes tour that followed as he only managed to accumulate 518 runs from 20 innings at an average of 25.90.

The 30-year-old managed to find some form during the latter stages of the home series against India last year as he struck three fifties in the last four innings.

Meanwhile Trott who was playing his first game for England since his pullout from the Ashes tour in 2013-14 due to depression issues scored a 150-ball 72.

Gary Ballance (16) poor form continued but Ian Bell (59 no) and Joe Root (64) compiled fine half centuries to take England to 379 for six before the declaration came taking a lead of 320 in the first innings.

With just 35 overs left in the game on day two, England bowlers gave the St Kitts Invitational XI a real scare with the young Mark Wood (1-8) providing the initial breakthrough removing Shane Jeffers (5).

Liam Plunkett (1-12) removed the other opening batsman Sherwin Peters (7).

However the real damage was done by Tredwell (3-35) who put a considerable pressure on the middle order as St. Kitts Invitational XI were restricted to 76 for seven before the game ended in a draw.

The first Test of the three-match series between England and West Indies starts on 13th April in North Sound.

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