June 25, 2012
Twenty20 international, Trent Bridge
England 173 (19.4 overs) beat West Indies 172-4 (20 overs) by 7 wickets
West Indies finished their tour of England yesterday with another disappointing defeat, when they were beaten by England by seven wickets in the Twenty20 international at Trent Bridge.
Star of the show was the 23 year-old Alex Hales who made 99 in helping England chase down their target.
West Indies won the toss and elected to bat on a good looking Nottinghamshire surface. The tourists would have been pleased at the half way mark after reaching 172-4 from their allotted 20 overs. This was thanks to 70 from Dwayne Smith, and a quick fire 54 not out from Dwayne Bravo.
England got off to a poor start in reply when they lost opener Craig Kieswetter for just 3. However, Hales and Ravi Bopara came together to share 159 run partnership which effectively won England the game. Hales’ 99 came from just 68 balls and included six fours and four sixes. It was the highest score by an English batsman in Twenty20 history surpassing Eoin Morgan’s 85 not out against South Africa in 2009.
Bopara was dismissed in the final over for a well-made 59 from 43 balls. Facing his first deliver Eoin Morgan hit the winning runs with 3 balls to spare.
England will now face Australia in a best of five match series. The ECB today announced they are keeping faith with the same squad that played against West Indies when they won the one-day series 2-0.
The Scoop 25/06/12