West Indies collapse leaves tourists facing first Test dilemma
Y (England) (AFP) - West Indies head into next week's first Test against England facing major problems with their batting line-up after the tourists slumped to a humiliating 10-wicket defeat against the England Lions here on Saturday.
Having failed to reach 200 in two of their previous three innings on tour, it was essential for the West Indian batsmen to find some form before the start of the Test series at Lord's.
But after conceding a 108-run first-innings lead to the Lions on the third day, they were dismissed for 179, with their last six wickets falling for just 25 runs in eight overs.
It left the Lions, a team made up of England's fringe players, with a victory target of 72, which they raced to in just 9.5 overs to win with a day to spare.
West Indies, without captain Chris Gayle, whose arrival from playing in the Indian Premier League in South Africa has been delayed until Monday, began the third day hoping to end the Lions' resistance quickly when they resumed 50 runs adrift on 143 for six.
But 117 from wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose and 60 from Adil Rashid earned them a significant advantage as the Lions were finally dismissed for 311.
West Indies were in trouble immediately in their second innings when opener Devon Smith continued his wretched tour by playing on to Lancashire seamer Sajid Mahmood in the third over.
Then Chris Woakes continued his eye-catching first outing for the Lions by claiming two victims in a six-over new-ball spell.
The 20-year-old Warwickshire seamer, who claimed a career-best six for 43 in the first innings, captured the key wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan when he was caught down the leg side, and then surprised Denesh Ramdin with a lifting delivery which he fended to second slip.
It was the prized scalp of Chanderpaul that was the catalyst for the West Indies' collapse when he failed to read Rashid's googly and was also given lbw with the tourists just 46 runs ahead.
Chanderpaul's demise spread panic with Brendan Nash mis-timing an attempted cut off Rashid to slip and Durham seamer Liam Plunkett wrapping up the tail with four wickets in three overs.It left the Lions with six overs of the day remaining.
Lions captain Rob Key then showed the form that saw him selected in England's World Twenty20 squad on Friday by hitting an unbeaten 33 off 29 balls, to complete West Indies' slide to a demoralising defeat.