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England got their white ball campaign off to a positive note, defeating University of the West Indies (UWI) team by 172 runs at the Three Ws Oval in Bridgetown Barbados.
England looked flawless in their lone white ball practice match ahead of Wednesday’s first ODI.
Earlier, UWI captain Kyle Corbin won the toss and elected to field first. England scored a mammoth 371-7 in their allotted 50 overs, compliments of Joe Root’s 114 and Jason Roy’s 110.
The Englishmen got off to the perfect start, with openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy adding 129 runs for the first wicket partnership. Bairstow was the first one dismissed — for 46 from 56 balls – having hit seven fours when he was out bowled by Khesan Ottley.
Root partnered Roy, and the duo frustrated the inexperienced UWI bowling attack, which included Windies ODI player Obed Mc Coy. Roy was retired for an 82-ball 110 after hitting 15 boundaries and one six and batting for 128 minutes.
After the 57-run partnership ended, Eoin Morgan (08) was run out while Ben Stokes fell for 29 in another 57-run partnership with Root.
England continued to score runs freely, but in the process they lost Alex Hales (00). Mooen Ali fell for a breezy 24 when he was out caught off the bowling of Mc Coy, ending the 58-run partnership with Root.
Root reached his counterattacking century, but was out stumped for 114 from 81 balls after hitting 11 fours and four sixes.
England ended their good practice with the bat by scoring 371-7. The UWI bowlers toiled, with only Kheshan Yannick Ottley picking up 2-64.
In pursuit of 372, UWI lost Kjorn Ottley in the fourth over with the score on 18. He was out caught off the bowling of Mark Wood. The number one ranked England bowlers were up to the task as they restricted UWI.
Nicholas Kirton (37), Amir Jangoo (35) and Kyle Corbin (35) were the batters to offer some resistance as the UWI team was bundled out for 200 in 43.5 overs. Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood had two wickets each in a complete bowling performance.
The Englishmen will play the first ODI against West Indies on Wednesday, February 20 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Brandon Corlette)