Panesar puts hosts in a spin
Monty Panesar bounced back from his recent problems with four wickets against a St. Kitts & Nevis XI.
Last Updated: 27/01/09 10:34pm
St Kitts - Day Two
England 424-8 dec (O A Shah 125 no, K P Pietersen 103, S J Harmison 58, A N Cook 52, A E Willett 5-118) & 118-0 (A J Strauss 59 no, A N Cook 50 no) v St Kitts Invitational XI 251 (C L Rogers 63, M S Panesar 4-53)
Monty Panesar bounced back from his problems in India with four wickets against a St. Kitts & Nevis Invitational XI on Monday.
The Nottinghamshire spinner, who has been working with Pakistan great Mushtaq Ahmed of late, claimed four for 53 as England bowled their Caribbean opponents out for just 251 on day two of the three-day encounter.
Having declared on 424 for eight overnight, the tourists powered to 118 without loss off just 23 overs in their second innings, establishing an overall lead of 291.
New skipper Andrew Strauss made up for his second ball duck on day one with 59 not out, while his opening partner Alastair Cook notched his second half-century of the game.
Left-hand batsman Codville Rogers had earlier top-scored for the hosts at Warner Park with 63 from 82 balls.
But with Panesar leading the attack the St. Kitts & Nevis Invitational XI never looked like getting close to England's showing of the first day.
Pacemen James Anderson and Stuart Broad - deputising for the injured Andrew Flintoff - also chipped in with two wickets apiece to help keep the home side at arm's length.
Fast bowler Steve Harmison accounted for opener Kejel Tyson meanwhile and 20-year-old Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid picked up his first wicket in senior colours.
A 78-run eighth wicket partnership between wicketkeeper Joel Simmonds (48) and Akito Willett (36) helped save the hosts blushes somewhat, but Panesar removed both and then polished off the innings.
And with news of a scan on all-rounder Flintoff's side of real concern, Panesar may well find himself relied upon heavily during the forthcoming Test series.
The all-rounder's results are to be assessed on Tuesday, but the sounds are more positive on batsman Owais Shah.
The Middlesex man, who notched a century alongside Kevin Pietersen on the opening day at Warner Park, expects to recover quickly from his scratched cornea.