Warrican spearheads Lions whitewash

Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican finished with 11 wickets in the match

NORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican snatched a third career 10-wicket haul as West Indies A crushed England Lions by 212 runs in the final four-day “Test”, to pull off a highly anticipated series whitewash here Thursday.

The hosts needed just around 90 minutes to complete victory, after Lions, resuming from their overnight 132 for six in pursuit of an improbable 408 for victory in the day/night affair at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, folded meekly for 195 in their second innings.

Warrican again was the star of the show, claiming two of the four wickets to fall to end with five for 55 and match figures of 11 for 88.

For the 25-year-old, it was his fourth five-wicket haul of the three-match series, leaving him with a remarkable 31 wickets for the tour. He passed 200 first class wickets in the match and now has 204.

The 20-year-old Keemo Paul (2-25) and off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall (2-49) both ended the innings with two wickets apiece.

Wicketkeeper Alex Davies, unbeaten overnight on 15, made 23 before falling in the fifth over of the afternoon to Warrican and with no addition to the score in the following over, Jack Leach was caught at the wicket off Cornwall, after adding nine to his overnight five.

On 153 for eight, Dominic Bess (18) and Richard Gleeson (12 not out) resisted in a 27-run ninth wicket partnership before the last three wickets fell for 15 runs.

West Indies A dominated the series, winning the opening “Test” in Trelawny by two wickets and the second in Kingston by an innings and 17 runs inside three days.

The two teams will now turn their attention to the three-match one-day series which bowls off next Tuesday at Coolidge Cricket Ground.

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