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Root Ton Sets Up England Win In Tour Game

Joe Root plays a shot
Joe Root's century was a welcome one given his disappointing Ashes tour.
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England 290-8 (Root 104no) beat
UWI VC XI 261-7 (Corbin 105) by 29 runs
Tour Match, Antigua

England recorded a morale-boosting win ahead of their limited-overs international tour of the West Indies by beating a University of West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI by 29 runs in North Sound, Antigua.

Joe Root struck an unbeaten century as all of England’s top-order enjoyed useful time in the middle ahead of the three-match One-Day International series, which begins at the same ground on Friday.

James Tredwell then took three for 39 and captain Stuart Broad two for 40 as the Vice Chancellor’s XI were held to 261 for seven from their 50 overs in reply. Kyle Corbin hit a century for them, while fringe West Indies players Devon Thomas (40), Adrian Barath (32) and Chadwick Walton (27) all chipped in.

The 12-a-side match began with England asked to bat by a home side that included, besides Thomas, Walton and Barath, men such as recent international debutant fast-bowler Miguel Cummins, batsman Jonathan Carter, and were skippered by Combined Campuses & Colleges captain Steven Jacobs.

Usual Twenty20 International openers Luke Wright and Alex Hales added 58 in eight overs for the first-wicket as England look to use even the 50-over leg of this tour of the Caribbean as a warm-up for next month’s ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Wright’s cameo came to an end when he was caught off Raymon Reifer for 36 off 29 balls, while Hales had his stay at the crease ended by Alzarri Joseph at 28 off 36 balls.

Ben Stokes and Root then added 68 for the third-wicket, with Stokes hitting four sixes before handing Cummins a wicket shortly after reaching his half-century. Eoin Morgan (7) and Jos Buttler (5) didn’t hang around long as both were removed by leg-spinner Akeem Dewar, with Ravi Bopara (12), Tim Bresnan (17) and Chris Jordan (8) giving Root support. He ended on 104 not out off 104 balls to hopefully put his disappointing tour of Australia behind him.

Corbin and Thomas then gave England a bit of a scare in the run chase by adding 105 for the sixth-wicket to help the Vice Chancellor’s XI recover from 143 for five. However, Thomas was removed by Stuart Broad, with Tim Bresnan (1-47) dismissing centurion Corbin. Ravi Bopara was the other England wicket-taker with one for 33 from four overs, while Chris Jordan (8-0-39-0), Stokes (7-0-41-0) and Root (4-1-15-0) were the other bowlers used by the tourists.

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