Yorkshire’s Gale leads way for the Lions

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YORKSHIRE’s Andrew Gale scored a century for England Lions in the four day game against Trinidad and Tobago at the Queen’s Park Oval.

The left hander - batting at No 3 - made a fine 110 but it was his departure at 244 that saw England lose six wickets for just 67 runs.

They were finally all out for 325 before the hosts ended the second day on 173-2.

Gale’s Yorkshire teammate Adam Lyth made 34 before Gale and captain James Hildreth, 40, added 94 for the third wicket. The Yorkshireman then reached his century during a fourth wicket stand of 85 with James Taylor who finished with 66 to continue his successful tour which had seen him hit 186 in the previous drawn game against Barbados after a previous 96.

The other Yorkshire player in the side, Adil Rashid, made only seven and had 1-58 off 18 overs in the Trinidad reply.

India’s Virendar Sehwag got the Cricket World cup off to a fantastic start with a swashbuckling innings of 179 off 140 balls as they beat Bangladesh by 87 runs in the opening match.

Teammate Virat Kohli hammered 100no off 83 balls in India’s mammoth 370-4 but Bangladesh were never overawed and with Tamim Iqbal rattling a quickfire 70 they ended on 283-9.

Kenya managed only 69 as New Zealand cruised to a 10 wicket win.

Sri Lanka also had a comfortable win after making 332-7 against Canada with a century from Mahela Jayawardene, 100, and 92 from Kumar Sangakkara. Canada were dismissed for 122.

England begin their campaign against Holland tomorrow whilst Sheffield’s Richard Kettleborough is umpiring in the tournament.