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Cricket: Batty steals show; Off-spinner claims five wickets as England win.

Byline: MYLES HODGSON

ENGLAND completed yet another emphatic victory over West Indies opposition yesterday with the Carib Beer XI slipping to an eight-wicket defeat after Gareth Batty made his first significant contribution of the Caribbean tour.

Worcestershire off-spinner Batty has been the most under- used of all England's fringe players since their arrival a month ago and had not featured in any match until this three-day encounter against West Indies' best emerging cricketers.

Batty was not required to bowl during the hosts' first innings, when they were dismissed for 129,and then he suffered a fourth-ball duck as England claimed a 218 runs advantage.

But given his first lengthy bowl of the tour on the final day, Batty took his chance to claim 5-53 as the Carib XI, who resumed 167 runs adrift on 51-1, were dismissed for 229. England took just 2.4 overs to claim the 12 runs for victory.

Batty's re-emergence began in the 25th over of a morning session to end the innings of opener Daren Ganga, who has been called into the West Indies squad for next week's third Test.

Ganga had batted for over two hours for his 39,but attempted to hit over the top and instead spooned the ball in the air and gave Batty a simple return catch.

That was one of only two successes for the tourists during a frustrating opening session as the Carib XI bats men made amends from their disappointing first day display with the bat.

Batty had to wait until after lunch for his further successes and claimed four wickets in his first seven overs after the interval, starting just two balls after the re-start when he earned a leg before appeal against Dwayne Bravo.

Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin followed four overs later when he snapped up sharply by Paul Collingwood at short leg before promising off-spinner Omari Banks was brilliantly caught by Rikki Clarke at mid-wicket,diving to his left to take the catch.

Batty wrapped up his maiden five wicket haul at this level two overs after that when Dave Mohammed propped forward and edged behind.

But England's hopes of completing an innings victory before Thursday's third Test were frustrated by a 34-run stand between last-wicket pair Jermaine Lawson and Dwight Washington.

Once that stand was broken by James Anderson bowling Lawson, England shuffled their batting order.

Collingwood edged Lawson behind to the first ball and Batty followed in the next over,bowled by Ravi Rampaul. Rikki Clarke completed the victory in the next over.

MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN's bowling action has been called into doubt for a second time, theICC has confirmed. Match referee Chris Broad reported the spinner to the ICC after the third and final Test of the series against Australia in Colombo.

``We broke the news to the team and Murali at the end of play,'' said manager Ajith Jayasekera. ``He was very disappointed,but Murali does not think he has a problem with this delivery.''

SUMMARIES

Third Test Match (Wellington):New Zealand 297 (MS

Sinclair 74, C L Cairns 69,B B McCullum 55,N Boje 4-65) & 128-5 v SouthAfrica 316 (J A Rudolph 93 no,H H Gibbs 77,M van Jaarsveld 59,C S Martin 5-55,C L Cairns 4-60).

Third Test Match (Colombo):Australia 401 (DS Lehmann 153,R T Ponting 92,M Muralitharan 5-123)& 375(JL Langer 166,S M Katich 86,H M R K B Herath 4-92) v SriLanka 407 (MS Atapattu 118,H P Tillakaratne 74 no,S T Jayasuriya 71)& 248 (TT Samaraweera 53,S T Jayasuriya 51,S K Warne 4-92). Australia beat Sri Lanka by 121 runs. First Test Match (Multan):India 356-2 (VSehwag 228 no,S R Tendulkar 60 no) v Pakistan. TODAY (11.30pm unless stated): Third Test Match (day 5 of 5)(Wellington):New Zealand v South Africa. First Test Match (day 2 of5) (Multan):Pakistan v India (6am).

Carib Beer XI v England Barbados England beat Carib Beer XI by 8 wkts Overnight: England 347 (GP Thorpe 88,G O Jones 66,M E Trescothick50; J J C Lawson 4-94).Carib Beer XI 129 (MJ Hoggard 4-27)and 51-1.

Carib Beer XI Second Innings D Gang a c & Batty ............................................39 S C Joseph c Hoggard Giles ................................50 D J J Bravo lbw b Batty .........................................33 T A Willett c Sub Giles ........................................21 D Ramdin c Collingwood Batty .........................4 O A C Banks c Clarke b Batty .................................9 D Mohammed c Jones b Batty ..............................6 R Rampaul c Butcher b A'son ...............................6 J J C Lawson not out .............................................28 D M Washington b Anderson ..............................8 Extras b9 lb4 nb8 pens 0 .....................................21 - Total (78.1overs) 229 Fall: 1-9 2-91 3-116 4-163 5-165 6-179 7-182 8-193 9-195 Bowling: Anderson 18.1-5-56-3 Clarke13-1-64-0 Giles 19-434-2 Batty 24-7-53- 5 Hoggard 4-0-9-0 England Second Innings P D C'wood c Ramdin b Lawson ............................0 R Clarke not out .................................................8 G J Batty b Rampaul ............................................5 M E Trescothicknot out ......................................0 Extras pens 0 .......................................................0Total 2 wkts (2.4overs) 13 Fall: 1-0 2-7.Bowling: Lawson 1.4-0-13-1Rampaul 1-1-0-1

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Worcestershire and England off-spinner GarethBatty (right)in action yesterday as the tourists won their latest warm-up match
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