31 Jan 2009

England bowling attack punished

3:03 pm on 31 January 2009

The England cricket team continues to struggle against West Indies A in their tour match at St Kitts.

Lendl Simmons made a career-best 282 to lift West Indies A to 574 for eight declared on day two of the three-day tour match.

Simmons, the 24-year-old nephew of former West Indies batsman Phil, took a particular shine to England spinner Graeme Swann who ended with figures of nought for 160 from 41 overs.

Steve Harmison, fighting for his place in the side in next week's first test against the West Indies, finished with four for 101 from 25.5 overs on the flat track.

In reply, England captain Andrew Strauss was unbeaten on 55 and Ian Bell on 49 to lift England to 113 for one at the close after they lost opener Alastair Cook for a duck.