England off to Caribbean flyer

Under-fire England skipper Alastair Cook finished the day unbeaten on 95 from 187 deliveries and was ably supported by the returning Jonathon Trott who hit 72 in a 158-run opening partnership which helped the tourists close with a lead of 122.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first but were comprehensively outclassed by an England team who took 10 wickets in just 27 overs.

Ben Stokes, back in the side after his World Cup omission, was the pick of the bowlers as he took three for 10 and looked close to his best bowling form.

James Anderson was the first bowler to strike, dismissing Sherwin Peters with a ball that just clipped the opener???s off stump. The wicket gave England a boost as Stokes stepped up to knock off three St Kitts and Nevis batsmen in the space of five deliveries, with Buttler, Balance and Cook hanging on to catches to dismiss Ross Powell, Shane Jeffers and Steve Liburd.

Chris Jordan, selected ahead of Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood for this two-day outing, then accounted for Akeem Saunders and Taylor to make it 43 for six.

Jaison Peters tried to offer some resistance with his knock of 22 runs from number seven but when hoisted Stuart Broad straight up in the air and into Buttler’s gloves, the writing was firmly on the wall.

Broad finished with two scalps, Adil Rashid claimed his first wicket back in the international fold with a well set-up lbw against Quinton Boatswain and James Tredwell ended the innings in his first over with the ball. ??

England???s openers seemed intent on playing at their own pace when they came out to bat with Cook’s 50 taking 95 balls and Trott’s 113. And the pair looked comfortable until Trott tickled a bat-pad catch to Powell at short leg.

Ballance was the man in at number three and eased himself in gently, finishing the day unbeaten on nine runs from 31 balls. But eyes will be on Cook when play resumes on the final day of this two-day match as he eyes his first England century for almost two years before attempting to lead his side to a much-needed victory.