West Indies start Twenty20 build-up with a win

WORMSLEY, England -- The West Indies batted purposefully and were backed up by clever bowling and smart fielding as they defeated Scotland by 14 runs in a warm-up match ahead of the International Cricket Council’s World Twenty20 Championship on Thursday.

Playing at the John Paul Getty Ground at Wormsley, the West Indies reached 143-6 off their 20 overs and then limited the Scots to 129-9 off 20 overs as both teams prepare for the tournament, to be played from June 5-21.

Andre Fletcher announced his arrival with a sparkling 42, with a six and six boundaries off 34 balls, at the top of the order. He added 39 for the second with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who made a run-a-ball 28. The topscore came from Dwayne Bravo, who gave the innings a rousing finish with 51 not out off just 30 balls with two fours and three sixes.

“It is always good to be in the West Indies team and I’m just happy to make a contribution,” said Fletcher, who joined the squad on Wednesday. “It was my role to give the innings a good start and I was able to do that. I have been getting good preparation playing in Jamaica so I came here with some form. Today I decided to play my shots and back myself and I felt good … quite comfortable and relaxed.”

Looking ahead to the World Twenty20 Tournament Fletcher noted: “I’m quite excited about getting the chance to perform on the world stage.  It will be a big tournament and we have the kind of players who can make a great impact.”

In the bowling department, seamer Darren Sammy took 3-25, including two wickets in the final over, while some brilliant fielding led to three run outs.

The West Indies will have a second warm-up match will be against Ireland at the same venue on Saturday afternoon. After that the Windies switch to the official warm-up matches against Ireland at the Oval on June 2 and England at Lord’s on June 3.