West Indies beat England by 21 runs in T20I


To some in Durham it was yet another slap in the face from the England and Wales Cricket Board, who took the unprecedented step of relegating the side from the First Division of the County Championship in October and then hit them with a massive 48-point penalty for this season in return for a £3.8 million (4.3 million euros) bail-out that stopped the club going out of business in May past year. The ball (or balls since several were required) was damp going on drenched but the tourists used it admirably. "Fortunately, nothing happened and cricket was the victor". We had a good start and fell away but then the fight from the boys, finishing the game the way we did, was fantastic. Gayle seemed to take this as a personal slight and swiftly eased into the familiar routine. He now has 103 sixes in 52 matches.

The innings never had quite the same goal thereafter, though Lewis did show the reason for the high praise he has received. It wasn't just a boundary or a six, it was four in a row.

West Indies opener Evin Lewis of Trinidad and Tobago bats during his innings of 51 off 24 balls, the highest individual score in yesterday's NatWest T20 worldwide against England at Emirates Durham ICG in Chester-le-Street, England, yesterday.

West Indies understand their game well enough to recognise they will perish in pursuit of quick runs. In the first three or four overs we had two big slips, Chadwick and one other, and that was a worry.

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Chasing 177 for victory, the hosts looked well on course after Alex Hales blasted 43 from just 17 balls to light up the powerplay overs on a bitterly cold night at Chester-le-Street.

Kesrick Williams struck twice in an over to remove Buttler (30) and Adil Rashid (1) and leaving England struggling at 124/6 after 15 overs.

Almost 13,000 spectators at Riverside Ground will miss their local hero Stokes in action and also his battle with West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite that was one of the defining moment in the 2016 World T20 final at Eden Gardens.

"One of the skills of modern cricketers is that you have to be able to cross formats". West Indies can rarely have felt further from home but did not let the climate affect their nerve.