England Lions v West Indies: Tourists struggle on day one

Jack Brooks appeals for a wicket
Tour match, Northampton, day one of four:
West Indies 147 v England Lions 40-1
Match scorecard

West Indies struggled in damp conditions as they were bowled out for 147 by England Lions on the first day of their four-day tour game.

Only Darren Bravo (51) and Marlon Samuels (32) passed 20 as the tourists were rolled over inside 49 overs.

Bad light curtailed play at Northampton with the Lions 40-1 in reply.

Having lost most of their previous game at Sussex to rain, it leaves West Indies short of batting practice before next week's first Test at Lord's.

England's four-man seam attack, who shared the wickets between them, are all uncapped at Test level, but Northants' Jack Brooks starred on his home ground with 3-23 from 13 overs, including seven maidens, and also took two catches.

Surrey duo Stuart Meaker and Jade Dernbach, who have both appeared in one-day internationals for England, impressed with 3-42 and 2-31 respectively, as did Kent youngster Matt Coles with 2-42.

But more will be made of the way West Indies' top-order batsmen struggled against a seaming and swinging ball, on a typically damp and cloudy early-season day, after Lions captain James Taylor put the visitors in.

Stand-in Windies skipper Kirk Edwards - deputising for Darren Sammy, who opted to rest himself - fell without scoring as Brooks struck twice early on.

The usually dependable Shivnarine Chanderpaul gave an easy leg-side catch, having taken 42 minutes to score six, leaving Bravo and Samuels to come together at 29-4.

They added 75, but the last six wickets fell at regular intervals as the innings was wrapped up soon after tea.

England lost Yorkshire opener Joe Root before the close, lbw to Fidel Edwards, but Hampshire's Michael Carberry survived a couple of reprieves - bowled by an Edwards no-ball and then dropped at gully - to reach 15 not out by the close.

His overnight partner, the in-form Nick Compton of Somerset, is unbeaten on 18 and will hope to catch the selectors' eye if the rain holds off on Friday.

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