Liam Dawson ready for final Lions push

Liam Dawson. Picture: Neil Marshall
Liam Dawson. Picture: Neil Marshall
Dale Steyn was the pick of Hampshire's bowlers on day one against Yorkshire. Picture: PA Images

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Liam Dawson will attempt to cap his emergence for the England Lions in today’s t20 decider against Pakistan.

The Hampshire all-rounder has been one of the star performers for the Lions in their series and played a vital knock of 37 alongside Sam Billings (61 not out) in a 92-run match-winning partnership.

Dawson had already taken one for 17 from three overs as Pakistan were restricted to 116 for nine.

England then got home with 17 balls to spare which meant the series was squared at 2-2 ahead of today’s final showdown in Dubai.

With James Vince skippering the side and new recruit Reece Topley also performing well, there is a definite Hampshire flavour to the team.

But considering Dawson was left out of the Hampshire t20 plans for the early part of last season, it continues his impressive resurgence.

He said: ‘It’s been a decent tour for me so far, with the ball as well.

‘If we can win the last one and win the series after being 2-1 down, that would be a nice way to go home.

‘There was a bit of pressure on when I came in at nine for three.

‘Throughout my career I haven’t batted much in t20 cricket in the top five – I’ve usually been down at seven.

‘So to come in during the powerplay was nice, having the chance to contribute properly.

‘Me and Sam decided that if we could bat a good amount of time we were always going to win the game, because it was a low total to chase, and that’s how it turned out.’

Meanwhile, Hampshire’s Brad Taylor and Mason Crane impressed with the ball for the England under-19s, but they couldn’t prevent a 52-run defeat to Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Skipper Taylor lead from the front and picked up figures of four for 34 – his career-best for the England under-19s.

His Hampshire team-mate Mason Crane (two for 38) also impressed as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 191.

But England’s reply faltered. They lost wickets at regular intervals as they were bowled out for 139 and will be keen to bounce back against India in their next fixture of the triangular series.