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Windies crumble in warm-up against England


Windies crumble in warm-up against England

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SYDNEY (AP) – Chris Woakes snared five wickets to restrict West Indies to 122 before England cruised to a nine-wicket victory in a Cricket World Cup warm-up match on Monday.

Woakes (5-19) tore through the top order, dismissing Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo in the first over and opener Dwayne Smith for 21 to leave the West Indies reeling on 35 for three at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Lendl Simmons, batting at No. 6, attempted to build an innings and top-scored with 45 off 55 balls with four boundaries and a six, before he became Woakes’ fourth wicket.

Woakes had Andre Russell (7) caught by Chris Jordan for his fifth wicket, and Steve Finn chipped in with two for 34, making West Indies skipper Jason Holder regret his decision to bat first when they were bundled out in the 30th over.

England were never in trouble in their run chase, with Moeen Ali (46) and Ian Bell putting on 70 for the opening stand. After Ali was caught in the covers off Kemar Roach’s bowling, Bell continued with James Taylor (29 not out) and finished unbeaten on 35 when England reached 125 for in the 23rd over.

Woakes took on extra responsibility in the warm-up match with Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad rested ahead of England’s World Cup opener against host Australia in Melbourne on Saturday. West Indies open against Ireland on Monday in New Zealand.

Summarised Scores:

England 125-1 in 22.5 overs (Moeen Ali 46, Ian Bell 35 not out). West Indies 122 in 29.3 overs (Lendl Simmons 45, Dwayne Smith 21; Chris Woakes 5-19, Steven Finn 2-34). England won by nine-wickets.

Sri Lanka 279-7 in 44.4 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 100, Angelo Mathews 58, Dimuth Karunaratne 46; Kyle Abbott 3-37, Wayne Parnell 2-44). South Africa 188 in 24.3 overs (Quinton de Kock 66, Hashim Amla 46; Rangana Herath 3-22). South Africa won by five wickets.

Pakistan 247-4 in 48.1 overs (Sohaib Maqsood 93 not out, Haris Sohail 39, Umar Akmal 39; Taskin Ahmed 2-41, Mashrafe Mortaza 2-50). Bangladesh 246 in 49.5 overs (Mahmudullah 83, Tamim Iqbal 81; Mohammad Irfan 5-52). Pakistan won by three wickets.

New Zealand 157-5 in 30.1 overs (Martin Guptill 100; Elton Chigumbura 2-21, Tinashe Panyangara 2-28.) vs Zimbabwe. Match abandoned.

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