West Indies Hammer England In Warm-Up
West Indies 132-3 (Gayle 58no) beat
England 131-7 (Morgan 43no) by seven wickets
ICC World Twenty20 2014 warm-up, Fatullah
The West Indies continued their good run of form against England with a crushing seven-wicket win in an ICC World Twenty20 2014 warm-up match in Fatullah.
In today's other warm-up game, South Africa beat a Bangladesh 'A' side by five wickets with nine balls to spare.
Cricket South Africa tweeted the following after the game:
"Proteas beat Bangladesh A by 5 wickets with 9 balls to spare. Great finish by @fudgie11 (36 off 31) @albiemorkel (27 off 12) #wt20 #warmup"
The reigning champions confirmed they are in good shape by restricting England to 131 for seven and then needing just 16.1 overs to pass that score.
Chris Gayle smashed 58 in 38 balls to pile more misery on an England team that recently lost a series to the West Indies in the Caribbean and go into the tournament without Joe Root and Ben Stokes through injury.
Captain Stuart Broad will play no part in the warm-ups as he manages a long-standing knee injury, meaning the side was led again today by Morgan.
The Irish-born left-hander top scored for England with 43 not out in 42 balls, hitting the only six of the innings.
Michael Lumb (14) and Alex Hales (9) again flashed only briefly before Moeen Ali made 22 in 16 balls. Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara offered Morgan some support, scoring 14 and 15 respectively before Tim Bresnan (0) and Chris Jordan (8) also fell cheaply.
Left-armer Krishmar Santokie, the latest recipient of the Cricket World Player Of The Week award, was once again excellent, bowling Lumb and Jordan as well having Bresnan caught by Andre Fletcher to return three for 24.
Sheldon Cottrell took two for 23, Samuel Badree one for 19 and Andre Russell one for 16.
It did not take the West Indies long to surpass England's total of sixes as Gayle and Dwayne Smith quickly got into their stride.
Gayle led the way but Smith was not far behind when he was caught by Jade Dernbach off James Tredwell for 36 in 30 balls with the score on 78.
He hit four fours and two sixes and although England, through Bopara and Stephen Parry, were able to pick up the wickets of Johnson Charles (7) and Marlon Samuels (2) - both bowled - the West Indies cruised to victory.
Gayle blasted six fours and two sixes in all with Lendl Simmons unbeaten on 15 in five balls at the other end.
England's final warm-up game before they begin their campaign against New Zealand on Saturday (22nd March) is against India.
The West Indies, meanwhile, will play Sri Lanka before they open their title defence by taking on India on 23rd March.
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