Kyle Corbin during his century knock against England (WICB Photo)

A classy hundred from Kyle Corbin failed to upstage an equally purposeful hundred from Joe Root, as England warmed up for their One-day International series against West Indies later this week with a 29-run victory over the University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI on Tuesday here.

Corbin struck 105 from 102 balls that included nine fours and five sixes, but the Vice Chancellor’s XI failed to successfully chase 291 for victory in the 50 overs-a-side tour match at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

The 23-year-old Corbin, a former Young Barbados captain and Young West Indies batsman, shared 105 for the sixth wicket with West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman and hometown boy Devon Thomas.

Thomas made 40, while Adrian Barath added 32 and fellow opener Chadwick Walton got 27 in an opening stand of 53.

But the VC XI’s batting failed to come to grips with the well-rehearsed England bowling, as off-spinner James Tredwell collected 3-29 from nine overs and the visitors’ captain Stuart Broad grabbed 2-40 from nine overs.

Earlier, Root was undefeated on a run-a-ball 104 that included nine fours and anchored the English to 290 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs.

A few other England batsmen took their only chance before the international matches to get a feel for the conditions – Ben Stokes supported with 58, Luke Wright made 36 and Alex Hales got 28.

Leg-spinner Akeem Dewar was the most successful VC XI bowler with 3-67 from 10 overs and left-arm medium-fast bowler Raymon Reifer collected 2-46 from eight.

The first One-day International between West Indies and England takes place on Friday at the same venue.


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