West Indies Thrash Middlesex In One-Day Warm-Up
West Indies 335-4 (DM Bravo 112no, Smith 96) beat
Middlesex 107 (Gayle 2-0) by 228 runs
One-day tour game, Lord's
The West Indies warmed up for their One-Day International series against England with a thumping 228-run win over Middlesex at Lord's.
The home of cricket has probably rarely witnessed such a one-sided game as the West Indies piled up 335 for four before dismissing a weakened Middlesex team for 107.
Welcoming back Chris Gayle to their ranks, the tourists had far too much power for Middlesex.
He struck 34 in 30 balls and fellow opener Lendl Simmons made 23 in 41 balls before Darren Bravo (112 not out) and Dwayne Smith (96) crunched 156 for the third wicket.
Smith fell four before a century but the runs continued to flow as Kieron Pollard hit 18 in 16 balls and Dwayne Bravo finished with 40 not out in 21 balls as the two half-brothers smashed the bowlers to all parts of the ground.
West Indies' bowlers then proved just as powerful as they routed Middlesex in 31 overs.
Ravi Rampaul and Andre Russell opened proceedings and grabbed a brace apiece before Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine took one wicket each.
Pollard ran out wicket-keeper Adam Rossington and Robbie Williams was absent hurt, leaving Gayle to wrap up proceedings by dismissing Tom Smith (16) and Anthony Ireland (0) to finish with figures of two for zero.
England have been served more notice - if they required it - that you cannot keep the big man out of the game.
Top scorer for beleaguered Middlesex was Scotsman Josh Davey, who made 24 not out.
© Cricket World 2012
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