(REUTERS)-Joe Root struck an unbeaten 90 as he and Chris Woakes steered England to a four-wicket victory over West Indies in their second one-day international on Sunday.England, who scored 226-6, claimed an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. They beat the hosts by 45 runs at the same Vivian Richards Stadium on Friday in the opening encounter.Root played a typically flawless innings to carry England home with 10 balls to spare as he and Woakes stemmed a mid-order slump with an unbroken 102-run partnership for the seventh wicket.Woakes survived being dropped twice to score 68 as England used the brief series to prepare for June’s Champions Trophy.West Indies, who won the toss and chose to bat, never got going on a slow pitch and were dismissed for 225 with 13 balls left of their 50 overs.Jason Mohammed, who top scored with 50, featured in a 72-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Kraigg Brathwaite, who contributed a slow 42 off 70 balls.Jonathan Carter offered a brief cameo with 39 off 36 balls but was deceived by a slow ball and lofted a catch off Liam Plunkett, who took 3-32.England captain Eoin Morgan’s decision to ask Adil Rashid to bowl at the middle order proved to be a clever tactic as he took the wickets of the dangerous Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite.England’s reply got off to a poor start as opener Sam Billings was caught behind for a duck in the first over.Jason Roy might have perished in the next over but survived a lengthy review, given the benefit of the doubt after the Windies were convinced he had nicked one behind.Roy went on to make 52 in a second wicket partnership of 86 with Root before his departure set off a mini collapse with five wickets falling for just 37 runs in 10 overs.But Root kept the runs ticking over steadily as he and Woakes steadied the situation for England with Windies key bowler Shannon Gabriel bowling just three overs before suffering a side strain.The last match in the series is being played at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on ThursdayWEST INDIESK Brathwaite st Buttler b Moeen Ali 42E Lewis c Billings b Finn 8K Powell c & b Finn 9+S Hope c wkp Buttler b Stokes 16J Mohammed c Rashid b Plunkett 50J Carter c Rashid b Plunkett 39*J Holder c & b Rashid 15C Brathwaite c Billings b Rashid 23A Nurse b Plunkett 13D Bishoo not out 0S Gabriel run out 1Extras (b1, lb2, w6) 9TOTAL (all out, 47.5 overs) 225Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Lewis, 2.4 overs), 2-21 (Powell, 6.3), 3-46 (Hope, 13.3), 4-118 (K Brathwaite, 29.4), 5-159 (Mohammed, 36.2), 6-173 (Carter, 38.5), 7-199 (Holder, 44.1), 8-219 (C Brathwaite, 46.3), 9-224 (Nurse, 47.2), 10-225 (Gabriel, 47.5)Bowling: Finn 8-1-38-2, Woakes 8-1-26-0, Plunkett 7.5-1-32-3 (w2), Stokes 5-0-29-1 (w1), Rashid 9-0-53-2 (w3), Moeen Ali 10-0-44-1.ENGLANDJ Roy c C Brathwaite b Nurse 52S Billings c Powell b Gabriel 0J Root not out 90*E Morgan lbw b Nurse 7B Stokes c wkp Hope b Bishoo 1+J Buttler c wkp Hope b Bishoo 0Moeen Ali b Nurse 3C Woakes not out 68Extras (lb1, w4) 5TOTAL (6 wkts, 48.2 overs) 226Did not bat: A Rashid, L Plunkett, S Finn.Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Billings, 0.2 overs), 2-87 (Roy, 15), 3-108 (Morgan, 20.1), 4-113 (Stokes, 21.5), 5-117 (Buttler, 23.2), 6-124 (Ali, 25).Bowling: Gabriel 3-0-17-1, Holder 10-0-46-0, C Brathwaite 4-0-38-0, Bishoo 10-0-43-2 (w3), Nurse 10-0-34-3 (w1), Mohammed 4-0-15-0, K Brathwaite 5.2-0-22-0, Carter 2-0-10-0.
John Desko stood on the sideline before one of Syracuse’s practices and quickly surveyed his players warming up on the field. Of all the aggressive, strong defenders, Desko was almost certain Matt Harris was the one he’d dread having to match up against.‘If there’s probably one guy out here that I wouldn’t want to cover me, it might be him,’ SU head coach Desko said. ‘Not only is he a good cover guy, but it hurts when he plays you.’Desko and his staff saw that quickly and, with one switch, unleashed even more of Harris’ abilities. Before the season opener against Denver, they decided to implement a new game plan that they drew up for the freshman: a switch to long-stick midfielder. Eight games into the season, Harris is proving it’s the right call.At the team’s media day to open up the season, Desko included Harris into the group vying for the third defender spot. When Harris didn’t get that position, he moved into another. With a senior-heavy line of close defenders, his playing time was destined to be limited. But that’s not the case at midfield, where Harris has done a more than credible job as the primary backup to Joel White.White is arguably the best long-stick midfielder in the country, winning the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin Jr. Award as the nation’s best midfielder last season. White also made a position switch as a freshman, from a heralded scorer in high school to long-stick midfielder in his first year at Syracuse. When he’s off the field, Syracuse can be a different team. But now with Harris filling in, the Orange can breathe easier.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I’ve been very impressed with him,’ White said. ‘He gives us a great look when I’m off the field. He really comes out and hassles the other team.’Harris has played in every one of the Orange’s games thus far, scooping up nine groundballs. At 6-foot-2, Harris is a force on the field and adds depth to Syracuse’s already formidable defense.Still, the transition hasn’t come without issue. Harris said he played only a little at long-stick midfield in high school. He played close defense almost his entire life. Instead of staying at one end of the field for the whole game, waiting for the play to come to him, he’s now making plays at both ends of the field.The increased running and conditioning are what poses the biggest challenges for Harris at this point. The defending remains the same, but doing it while having exerted that much more energy is what Harris said he needs to work on the most in practice.‘You have to try your hardest, run your hardest in conditioning,’ Harris said. ‘You really have to go hard in every drill.’Ironically, his quickness in getting from one end of the field to another is what earned him a spot at long-stick midfield in the first place. Over the course of SU’s four scrimmages, the coaching staff ran him out to midfield to see what he could do, and Desko saw parts of his game he hadn’t seen before.‘We tried him out there, and he impressed us going up top,’ Desko said. ‘He was just given the opportunity.’White said Harris was still learning some aspects of the game at the start of the season. But in just a few short months, he sees a different player that’s picked up the defensive system with relative ease and maintains a veteran-like poise on the field.Harris may be a backup to White now, but the way he’s played shows Desko what his defense could look like going forward. Specifically, what Syracuse could look like at the long-stick midfield position.‘We’re very happy with his progress so far,’ Desko said. ‘I think it’s going to help us keep our defense strong in the future, too.’Lade expected to playDesko expects defender John Lade to play Saturday when his team plays at Princeton, said assistant director of athletic communications Mike Morrison on Tuesday. Lade exited from the Orange’s game against Duke last week in the fourth quarter and was replaced by sophomore David Hamlin.After he came out of the game, Lade was on the sideline with ice on his left ankle and never returned to action. After the game, Desko said he hadn’t yet spoken to the trainers, but thought Lade only twisted his ankle and didn’t seem concerned about the injury.Lade is an All-American defender and arguably Syracuse’s best at the position. Lade almost always has the responsibility of covering the most dangerous scorer of SU’s opponents. Through eight games, Lade is fourth on the team in groundballs with [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman