Walk-in-the-park win for England

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Ravi Bopara took the best bowling figures by an Englishman in a Twenty20 international as England thumped the West Indies by 10 wickets at The Oval.

Ravi Bopara took the best bowling figures by an Englishman in a Twenty20 international as England thumped the West Indies by 10 wickets at The Oval on Friday night.

Bopara took a remarkable 4 for 10 in 3.4 overs with his medium pacers, taking advantage of a tired end-of-season pitch, as the West Indies were bowled out for 125 with two deliveries left unused.

England openers Alex Hales and Craig Kieswetter made light weight of the chase, striking unbeaten half-centuries as the hosts cruised to victory in just 15.2 overs.

Bopara's figures bettered the 4 for 22 previously enjoyed by both Jade Dernbach and Paul Collingwood, while Hales and Kieswetter added a second record as their unbeaten stand passed the 112-run partnership shared by Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen against Pakistan last year.

Both teams were under-strength, with two young sides and three debutants apiece, but the gulf in class was apparent from a relatively early stage.

Although Dwayne Smith gave the West Indies a decent start after they'd lost the toss and been stuck in by stand-in skipper Graeme Swann, they were unable to capitalise on the 51-run opening stand.

Smith took 22 from Tim Bresnan's second over, and Johnson Charles backed that up by hitting 15 off Steven Finn in the following over, but once Smith had been bowled by Samit Patel for 33 it didn't take long for the wheels to come off.

Charles went on to make a sedate 36 from 39 deliveries before he also fell foul of Patel, but Danza Hyatt was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

He took Graeme Swann for 17 in one over, but became one of Bopara's four wickets when he was bowled for 28.

Bopara had already got the better of Nkruma Bonner and Christopher Barnwell, and finished off the innings when he had West Indies captain Darren Sammy caught at midwicket.

Having made a duck on debut against India in his only previous international, Hales eased his nerves by steering the first ball of the chase through point for four.

England never looked back thereafter, as they cashed in on a number of no-balls and resulting free hits, none more than from Fidel Edwards, who saw his two overs disappear for 25.

Hales went to fifty from 36 balls, marginally better than Kieswtter (41 balls), as they made the tourists look amateur both in their bowling and fielding.

Hales finished unbeaten on 62, while Kieswetter carved four runs through extra cover to finish off the match in style and with 58 runs to his name.

The second and final match of the series takes place at the same venue on Sunday evening.

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