Sunday 15 March 2009 

England Warm Up For One Day Series With Win

England Warm Up For One Day Series With Win
England Warm Up For One Day Series With Win
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Dimitri Mascarenhas, Ravi Bopara and Ian Bell scored half-centuries before Steve Harmison picked up four wickets as England completed a 48-run win over a West Indies Players Association Select XI in Trinidad.

England posted 299 for eight before bowling out their hosts in Point-a-Pierre for 248.

Bopara, opening the innings hit 56, while Bell, captaining the side with Andrew Strauss taking a break, made 55 and the pair added 67 for the second wicket after Steven Davies (2) fell early.

Owais Shah (28), Adil Rashid (28) and Matthew Prior (25) made useful contributions before Mascarenhas smashed an unbeaten 84 in just 54 balls with nine fours and two sixes to get England up to what proved to be a winning score.

His score was matched exactly by Samuel Badree when the Players XI batted, but with only one other player scoring a half-century, they were unable to mount a serious assault on the target, bowled out in the 44th over.

Harmison picked up four for 59, including the wicket of Lendl Simmons (30), James Anderson took three for 47, Amjad Khan two for 28 and Gareth Batty one wicket.

© Cricket World 2009

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