ENGLAND Lions, captained by Somerset’s Lewis Gregory, have gone 2-1 up in the five-match ODI series against Pakistan A after winning the third game in Abu Dhabi by 22 runs.

Surrey’s Ollie Pope scored an enterprising 93 as the Lions claimed a second successive win.

Captain Gregory again won the toss but his side were soon in a spot of bother at 57-4. Pope, alongside first Liam Livingstone and then Gregory himself, saved the tourists and took them to a competitive total of 245.

Three early wickets in reply – two from Mark Wood – put the Lions in the hunt but Pakistan A skipper Mohammad Rizwan – fresh off 94 in the second ODI – looked in complete control.

Unfortunately for Rizwan, but fortunately for the Lions, with the exception of Adil Amin he was never able to get much company at the other end.

Somerset’s Dom Bess trapped Amin leg-before and then took two more wickets to turn the game in the Lions favour and they went on to win by 22 runs. They’ll reconvene at Abu Dhabi for the fourth ODI on December 2.

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