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Clarke made 87 from 115 balls as England Lions completed their three-day match against a Jamaica XI
Clarke hit 87 in England's second innings
Joe Clarke, Dan Lawrence and Ben Foakes spent some useful time in the middle, then Paul Coughlin and Jack Leach took two wickets each, as England Lions completed their warm-up game against a Jamaica XI at Sabina Park.
Clarke made 87 from 115 balls, an innings that grew in importance as the Lions lower order struggled against Jamaica’s 28-year-old off-spinner Jamie Merchant, who ended with five wickets.
They were comfortably placed at 191 for five after Clarke shared stands of 56 with Lawrence, who made 35, and 76 with Foakes, who made 37.
But the last five wickets fell for 39, four of them to Merchant, to leave the Jamaicans sniffing a victory as they chased 258.
Saqib Mahmood and Toby Roland-Jones shared the new ball with Jamie Porter judged ready for Sunday’s first “Test” against West Indies A after his impressive first innings performance, and George Garton suffering from a side injury.
But it was the change bowlers of Coughlin and Leach who shared the wickets as the Jamaicans closed on 130 for four.
Coughlin, who has joined Nottinghamshire from Durham since the end of last season, had encouraging figures of two for 10 from eight overs, while Leach claimed two for 31 from nine.
“It was a good three days for us,” said the Lions coach Andy Flower. “In almost all cases, the batters have had two innings each, and the bowlers have had at least two decent spells.”
There will be an update on Garton’s fitness on Thursday.