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Tredwell takes wicket and catch in St Kitts and Nevis warm-up match

Monday 6th April 2015

Men’s First Team

James Tredwell took a wicket with his third ball as England started their Caribbean tour emphatically, skittling a St Kitts and Nevis XI for 59.

The Kent spinner also took a spectacular catch as the tourists dominated day one as opening pair Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott shared 158 of 181 for one by stumps.

Trott, making his first senior England appearance since November 2013, was the man to go, for 72, leaving captain Cook unbeaten on 95 at the close.

It represented a pleasing opening day of action in the West Indies for the tourists, begun by the bowlers who dismissed the hosts inside 27 overs at Warner Park in Basseterre.

The St Kitts and Nevis XI quickly regretted choosing to bat first, the recalled Ben Stokes striking three times in five balls across two overs to leave them 32 for four.

Two wickets each for Chris Jordan, who was preferred to Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood in the tourists’ 12, and Stuart Broad helped to finish the job.

This was the opening day of two two-day warm-up games against these opponents, ahead of three Tests versus West Indies.

England did not strike until the ninth over, James Anderson with the first success of the trip with a gem that flicked Sherwin Peters' off stump.

That was the start of the demolition job, with Stokes accelerating matters.

The Durham all-rounder had 16-year-old Ross Powell held at slip and two balls later saw Shane Jeffers chip a soft catch to Gary Ballance at point.

His eye-catching spell continued after drinks when Steve Liburd wafted loosely at a wider delivery to offer Cook a straightforward slip catch.

Jordan then accounted for Akeem Saunders and Jacques Taylor to make it 43 for six. Jordan had James Tredwell to thank for his second, with the Kent man taking a superb one-handed catch at third slip.

Jaison Peters offered a shred of resistance in compiling 22 runs from number seven but when he hoisted Broad straight up in the air and into Jos Buttler's gloves, the game was up.

Broad chipped in while Adil Rashid claimed his first wicket back in the international fold with a well set-up lbw against Quinton Boatswain and Tredwell ended the innings in his first over.

Cook left the ball judiciously before cashing in on a selection of short deliveries that begged to be pulled to the ropes. He had a scare on 17 when he top-edged Jermiah Louis into the on-side but was relieved to see it land safe.

Trott, meanwhile, scored six in the first over he faced before slowing. By the tea break he had managed 18 in 66 balls, but looked in no danger.

Cook was comfortably the first to a fifty but, with a century alliance up, Trott followed suit.

The partnership was eventually broken by a bat-pad catch at short-leg off Liburd, after which Ballance joined Cook at the crease.

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