ICC WT20: Wright Scripts Comfortable England Win
England 145-1 (Wright 75no, Bopara 60) beat
West Indies 144-6 (Sarwan 46no, Swann 1-13) by nine wickets
ICC World Twenty20 warm-up, Lord's
A barnstorming innings from Luke Wright delivered England a handsome nine-wicket victory over the West Indies in an ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match at Lord's.
Sussex opener Luke Wright thumped five sixes and eight fours in a breathtaking knock of 75 not out in 47 balls as England overtook the West Indies' score of 144 for six in the 15th over of their reply.
Set 144 to win, Wright initially had to play second fiddle to opening partner Ravi Bopara, who was timing the ball beautifully, stroking nine fours in his 60 in just 35 balls before he became the first ever Twenty20 wicket for leg-spinner Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Having registered a golden duck earlier in the match, Chanderpaul got himself into the game but stand-in captain Denesh Ramdin had to do something different after Wright overtook Bopara by launching Keiron Pollard for three sixes in a row and taking centre stage.
Two more sixes followed and victory was assured even after the 119-run opening stand was broken by an unlikely source when Bopara sauntered down the track only to find Xavier Marshall on the square leg boundary.
Kevin Pietersen was unbeaten on four, the match over when a fast Fidel Edwards bouncer was called as a no ball.
The West Indies innings was frenetic but owed a lot to an unbeaten 46 from Ramnaresh Sarwan to get them up to a competitive score.
Marshall was in the thick of the action, involved in run outs that saw Andre Fletcher (18) and Pollard (2) dismissed but he stuck around to make 35 in 33 balls.
Chanderpaul fell to a fine catch by Ryan Sidebottom at third man as four England bowlers took a wicket apiece; pacers James Anderson and Wright and spinners Adil Rashid and Graeme Swann and although Ramdin hit the last ball of the innings for six, any momentum into the second innings of the match was stolen by England.
© Cricket World 2009