Nottinghamshire’s Paul Coughlin took wickets in successive balls for England Lions but still finished on the losing side in the first unofficial ODI against the West Indies A.

He finished with 2-55 as the hosts were all out for 272 from their 50 overs, removing Kieran Powell and Roston Chase at the Coolidge Ground.

But the West Indies recovered well with Jermaine Blackwood making 99 and Rakheem Cornwall 44 as four England bowlers, including Coughlin, ended with two wickets.

England’s reply began well enough as opener Nick Gubbins scored 54, but the tourists then slumped from 83-1 to 93-6 as Keemo Paul took three wickets in four balls in his 5-49.

At that point, the match looked all over, but Sam Hain had other ideas, with a superb knock of 144 from 122 balls with 12 fours and five sixes.

As he received late order support from Richard Gleeson (13) and Matt Parkinson (15 not out), he got the Lions within six runs of victory before he was the last to be dismissed with just two balls of the match to go, as England were 267 all out.

Fellow Notts player Riki Wessels, meanwhile, has played his first game for Peshawar Zalmi in the 2018 Pakistan Super League.

The batsman made 22 from 17 balls but could not prevent his side going down to a 19-run defeat to the Multan Sultans.

Sohaib Maqsood’s 85 not out from 42 balls powered the hosts to 183-3 and Zalmi could reach only 164-8 in reply, despite Mohammad Hafeez’s 56.


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