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Hain hits unbeaten fifty in Lions victory

England signed off a difficult campaign with a seven-wicket win against West Indies A in Antigua

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Sam Hain's unbeaten 50 helped the Lions cruise to a consolation seven-wicket victory against West Indies A in the final one-day match of the series in Antigua.

They survived a brief scare after losing three wickets for four runs, but Hain and Sam Northeast came together to put on 80, to take their side home at the Coolidge Cricket Ground. 

Lancashire leg-spinner, Matt Parkinson, impressed again, taking four wickets, while Richard Gleeson and Sam Curran took two apiece with the new ball.

Roston Chase's 67 had helped the hosts set 166, but once Alex Davies and Nick Gubbins put on 87 for the first wicket, the match was firmly in the Lions grasp. 

Gleeson picked up the first wicket of the afternoon, when the aggressive Kieran Powell tried to hook a short delivery for six, but could only find Paul Coughlin on the boundary. 

The tall seamer then struck again, taking the crucial wicket of Jermaine Blackwood, who was caught at third man by Curran, for three.

The Surrey all-rounder then got a wicket of his own, as he clean bowled Devon Thomas for five, and the hosts had been reduced to 28 for 3.

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Alex Davies added 87 with Nick Gubbins for the first wicket

Chase looked in good touch, and along with Kavem Hodge, they began to consolidate and build a partnership for the hosts.

Dom Bess was introduced into the attack though, and in his first over he had Hodge stumped by Davies for 13 as the Lions continued to take regular wickets.

Keaton Jennings brought himself into the attack and took the big wicket of Rahkeem Cornwall when he drove on the up to Northeast at short cover.

Chase was undeterred by the wickets falling around him and accumulated a well-constructed 50 off 51 balls. 

Jahmar Hamilton supported him well, and the 50 partnership between the two came up in the 30th over as the Windies looked to build towards a defendable total. 

The ever impressive Matt Parkinson returned, and picked up the crucial wicket of Chase when he was bowled attempting to sweep. 

The same man struck in his next two overs. Hamilton first top edged to Jennings at short cover and departed for 33, and Jomel Warrican top edged a sweep straight up in the air that Davies comfortably claimed.

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Roston Chase his 67 for West Indies A

Shortly afterwards, there was worrying scenes for the Lions as Coughlin fell awkwardly on his right shoulder when diving to stop a boundary and was eventually taken to hospital for further examination.

After a brief stoppage, Curran returned to the attack and clean bowled Romario Shepherd for 6, to leave the hosts 165/9. 
It was the outstanding Parkinson who brought the West Indies A innings to an end, as he had Reifer caught behind and finished with excellent figures of 4 for 26 from 8.1 overs. 

The Lions started their response positively, with Gubbins and Davies both latching on to any loose deliveries from the Windies bowlers.

The latter then drove Shepherd through the covers for a sumptuous boundary that took the Lions to 26/0. 

Gubbins then brought up the 50 partnership between the two with a single to short fine-leg off Cornwall, but it was Davies who continued to be the aggressor. 

Odean Smith entered the attack and the Lancashire opener greeted him with a ramp over the wicketkeeper's head for four and a pull shot for six. 

Gubbins was also playing beautifully though, until he hit a Cornwall half-tracker straight to Blackwood on the boundary to leave the Lions 87/1.

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Lancashire's Matt Parkinson claimed 4 for 26

Davies departed shortly after for 46, when he tried to reverse ramp Reifer, but could only succeed in edging to Hamilton behind the stumps. 

The Lions had then lost three wickets for just four runs, as Jennings was trapped LBW by Cornwall for 0.

The pressure was beginning to build when Hain and Northeast came together, and the latter survived a huge stumping appeal when on 6. 

Hain looked the more fluent of the two, and he despatched Warrican over mid-wicket to bring the required runs below 50. 

Shortly after, Northeast brought up the 50 partnership with a pull for four off Reifer.

Warwickshire's Hain was timing the ball sweetly and continued his good series form when he swept Chase for a boundary to bring the required runs to just 25. 

He then brought up his 50 off 61 balls, and had played the required innings to get the Lions over the line. 

It was only right that he took the tourists to victory as he hit a free hit for a boundary back over the bowlers head, and the Lions could fly home slightly happier after finishing a difficult series with a win.

Report courtesy of the ECB

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