England shred West Indies in World Cup warm-up as Chris Woakes snares five

England decimated West Indies to 122 on Monday in a Cricket World Cup warm-up match before cruising to a nine-wicket victory.

Chris Woakes of England celebrates taking one of his five wickets in a 50-over victory over West Indies on Monday ahead of the Cricket World Cup. Shaun Botterill / Getty Images / February 9, 2015
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Chris Woakes snared five wickets to restrict West Indies to 122 before England cruised to a nine-wicket victory in a 2015 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 without scoring and opener Dwayne Smith for 21 to leave the West Indies reeling on 35-3 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 Steven Finn chipped in with 2-34, making West Indies skipper Jason Holder regret his decision to bat first when his team was 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 125-1 in the 23rd over.

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

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