Latest from Twenty20 at Durham

Latest from Twenty20 at Durham

West Indies laid down a significant marker ahead of the ODI series as they comfortably beat England by 21 runs in their sole Twenty20 fixture at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

England, set 177 for victory, were bowled out for 155 at a chilly and rainswept Riverside.

Carlos Brathwaite, who hit Stokes for four successive sixes in the final over as West Indies won the World T20 final in 2016, will captain the tourists.

A rematch between the pair would have provided some much-needed context for a stand-alone fixture that could be seen as little more than a palate-cleanser between the Test and one-day global courses.

"This was probably the more challenging of our recent wins", said West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite speaking to Sky Sports "Conditions were soft and slippery, the umpires were close to calling it off actually".

"I can see both sides of it, of course guys want to see him play", he said. "We said 'do you know what, let's give it a go"'.

Brathwaite's tour may be over but he is not making an immediate return to the Caribbean.

England lost Jason Roy off the very first ball of its run chase when he was dismissed by Jerome Taylor.

Alex Hales was nearly out for a golden duck as well but Rovman Powell dropped a tough diving chance following a firm clip off the pads.

England's response got off to the worst possible start with Jason Roy caught for a first-ball duck, and Hales was dropped on zero before he was eventually bowled by Brathwaite having smashed eight fours and one six.

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But the opener tried to attack once too often as Brathwaite sent his off stump cartwheeling back before England lost Joe Root (17) and captain Eoin Morgan (2) within the next 11 balls.

And Nurse's fellow spinner Sunil Narine then had Twenty20 skipper Eoin Morgan out for just two when the dangerman reverse swept straight to Lewis at short third man.

Saturday's sold-out match is the first global to be staged at Chester-le-Street since Durham lost the right to host Tests, as part of their England & Wales Cricket Board punishment relating to financial issues.

And the elder Curran brother, who made such an impact on debut for England in the Twenty20 series against South Africa earlier this season, is the only real 50-over newcomer as the selectors have chose to wheel out their big guns.

The hosts' bowlers had pegged West Indies back from 106-1 after 10 overs with Adil Rashid taking 3-25.

Saturday saw Lewis threaten another big score while making fifty off 26 balls, including six fours and three sixes.

The 37-year-old Gayle, in common with several senior West Indies players, had been involved in a bitter dispute with Caribbean cricket chiefs.

But July saw him return to West Indies duty in a Twenty20 worldwide against India in Kingston.

The Trinidadian, however, was out soon afterwards when he drove Plunkett to Root at mid-off.

England will look for swift revenge when they face Windies in the first of five one-day internationals at Old Trafford on Tuesday, with Gayle set to play his first 50-over global since March 2015.

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