The England Under-19 side were comfortably beaten by their West Indies counterparts in their third one-day international here to lose the three-match series 2-1.
The tourists, inspired by an belligerent exhibition of power-hitting from Devon Smith, quickly took control of the match after being set a target of 183 for victory. Scoring at more than seven an over early in their innings, the tourists made light work of the English bowlers and even the early dismissal of Brenton Parchment – caught by Ian Bell off Chris Tremlett – could not knock them out of their stride.
Smith, took the attack to the home side, his 102 forming the backbone of a commanding seven-wicket victory, achieved with more than 12 overs to spare.
Earlier, England were left reeling from the third-over dismissal of Bilal Shafayat, caught off Kenroy Peters for five. Gary Pratt added to the misery by giving Peters his second, and when Gordon Muchall departed shortly after, the home side, on 27 for 3, were left with their challenge in tatters. An 81-run stand for the seventh wicket between Kadeer Ali and Tremlett added some respectability but alas, it was a little too late.
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