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Cricket: West Indies beat England by 15 runs

West Indies beat England by 15 runs in the first one-day international on Friday. Chasing 270 to win, the tourists were restricted to 254-6 off their 50 overs despite opener Michael Lumb having made a century on debut. Earlier, an explosive assault by Darren Sammy and skipper Dwayne Bravo over the final 10 overs lifted the West Indies to a competitive 269 for six at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Sammy smashed 61 off just 36 deliveries with five fours and four sixes. Bravo played the captain's role superbly with an unbeaten 87 (91 balls, 8 fours, 1 six).

Cricket: Lumb becomes second Englishman to hit debut ton

Michael Lumb became only the second Englishman to make a century on his one-day international debut when he reached three figures against the West Indies on Friday. Lumb, 34, reached his century off 109 balls having hit seven fours and two sixes as England took control of the first match in the three-game series. South African-born opener Lumb becomes the just the ninth man to hit a century on debut and the second English player after Dennis Amiss in 1972. dj/as

Cricket: Bravo, Sammy lead West Indies to 269-6 against England

An explosive assault by Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo over the final 10 overs lifted the West Indies to a competitive 269 for six against England in the first one-day international at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Friday. Labouring at 153 for five in the 40th over as the tourists' trio of slow bowlers exploited helpful conditions, Sammy changed the tenor of the match completely upon his arrival.

Cricket: Pakistan beat Afghanistan in Asia Cup

Defending champions Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 72 runs in the Asia Cup match in Dhaka on Thursday. Umar Akmal hit an 89-ball 102 not out to lift Pakistan to 248-8 in their 50 overs before they restricted their rivals to 176 all out in 47.2 overs. Five-time champions India, who beat Bangladesh by six wickets in their first match on Wednesday, play Sri Lanka on Friday. Sri Lanka won their first match against Pakistan by 12 runs on Tuesday. str-sh/lm

Cricket: WIndies, England face-off in search of revival

Two teams in dire need of rehabilitation ahead of the next global cricketing contest start what should be an intriguing fortnight of competition on Friday when the West Indies host England in Antigua. While the next World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is still just under a year away, the Caribbean side's defence of the World T20 crown begins in three weeks' time in Bangladesh.

Cricket: WIndies end Irish hopes of history

Ireland's flirtation with cricketing history came to a disappointing end in Kingston's Sabina Park on Friday when they lost their second Twenty20 international with the West Indies. Victory, following a famous six-wicket win on the same ground earlier in thye week, would have given the Irish a first series win over a Test-playing nation. But the West Indies drew on all their experience to win by 11 runs, hitting 96 for nine off their 20 overs after Ireland had won the toss and put them into bat, and then restricting the Irish to 85 for eight in theirs.

Cricket: Ireland stun World T20 champions Windies

Ireland added to their list of giant-killing victories with a six-wicket win over World Twenty20 champions West Indies in the first T20 international at Jamaica's Sabina Park on Wednesday. It was at the Kingston venue where Ireland dramatically defeated Pakistan in a St Patrick's Day 50-over World Cup match back in 2007. And seven years on from that success, Ireland -- the leading non-Test cricket nation -- upset one of the sport's 'big boys' once again, with former England batsman Ed Joyce making a decisive 40 not out.

Cricket: Ireland stun World T20 champions WIndies

Ireland added to their list of giant-killing victories with a six-wicket win over World Twenty20 champions West Indies in the first T20 international at Jamaica's Sabina Park on Wednesday. It was at the Kingston venue where Ireland dramatically defeated Pakistan in a St Patrick's Day 50-over World Cup match back in 2007. And seven years on from that success, Ireland -- the leading non-Test cricket nation -- upset one of the sport's 'big boys' once again, with former England batsman Ed Joyce making a decisive 40 not out.

Cricket: New Zealand draw Test, win series against India

New Zealand won their series against India 1-0 Tuesday when the second Test in Wellington ended in a draw. India, set a target of 435 to win, were 166-3 at stumps on the final day. Virat Kohli was not out 105 with Rohit Sharma on 31. For New Zealand, Tim Southee took 2-50. New Zealand won the first Test in Auckland by 40 runs. cf/mp/pj

Cricket: India 90-3 at tea, trail by 345

India were 90-3 at tea on Tuesday, facing a target of 435 on the final day of the second New Zealand Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Virat Kohli was not out 48 with Rohit Sharma on 15. For New Zealand Tim Southee had two for 33. cf/ajc/pj
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