More runs for Cook in the Caribbean

England opener Alastair Cook helped himself to another half-century as Essex and Warwickshire played out a predictable draw in a two-day pre-season fixture at the Windward Club in Barbados.

Cook, who has been in good form since arriving in the Caribbean with his county, made 55 out of Essex’s first innings 119 for one before he was retired out. Billy Godleman (55) and Jaik Mickleburgh (20) were unbeaten when the pre-agreed declaration came after Essex had batted for 45 overs.

Warwickshire then batted for the remainder of the first day and the first half of the second, compiling 275 for nine in 90 overs with former skipper Ian Westwood making the most of the opportunity with 84 before he too was retired out.

Keith Barker (46) and captain Jim Troughton (42) were the other main contributors before Troughton declared and Essex reached 141 for four in their second innings before the sides shook hands on the draw.

Warwickshire conclude their Caribbean tour with a 40-over match against Derbyshire, again at the Windward Club, on March 26 following a day of coaching local schoolchildren.

Meanwhile Northamptonshire were beaten by eight wickets by Eastern Province in Port Elizabeth in a three-day match on their tour of South Africa.

Northamptonshire were dismissed for 103 in their first innings but a superb 88 from acting captain Alex Wakely and useful contributions from Rob White (68) and James Middlebrook (48) ensured they were more competitive second time around.

But Northamptonshire’s 358 all out still left Eastern Province, who piled up 400 for six in their first innings, a modest victory target.

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