Mixed day for Stokes as England claim warm-up win
Ben Stokes showed flashes of brilliance with the bat as England opened their tour of West Indies with a win, but his bowling left plenty to be desired.
Last week the all-rounder became the most expensive overseas player in Indian Premier League history when he was bought by the Rising Pune Supergiants for £1.7million but he was brought back down to earth in St Kitts.
His quickfire 61 showed exactly why he drew so much interest during the IPL auction, however his one full over at Warner Park was smashed for 23 to quickly remind him there is still work to be done.
The 50-over clash with a Vice Chancellor's XI went England's way despite Stokes' struggles with the ball, and he actually wrapped up the win with the final wicket of the match - securing a 117-run triumph.
Having been put into bat the tourists quickly showed they are in fine form ahead of three one-day internationals with West Indies, England amassing an impressive 379-8 from their 50 overs.
Captain Eoin Morgan was in stunning touch with 95 off just 84 balls in the middle-order, the skipper launching six maximums and as many boundaries in a rapid knock.
His efforts came after Jason Roy (79) and newly crowned Test captain Joe Root (71) had impressed, while Stokes and Liam Dawson (30) also found the boundary on a regular basis - Stokes clearing the ropes on five occasions.
In reply the hosts suffered the loss of Amir Jangoo and Anthony Alleyne - both for nought - in the second over as Steven Finn sent a timely reminder to the selectors.
Chadwick Walton was not so easy to remove, though, as he struck a century that included 12 fours and seven maximums.
His 121 at the top of the order showed what potential he has should the West Indies need someone to bolster their batting line-up, however the same cannot be said for his team-mates.
TAKE A BOW! Chadwick Walton during his blazing century for UWI Vice Chancellor's XI against England at Warner Park pic.twitter.com/FGxj6sxddb-- westindies (@westindies) February 25, 2017
Only Shimron Hetmyer made a real impact with 40 off 32 deliveries as England made regular inroads, with six of their seven bowlers all kicking their tour off with a wicket.
Ultimately England's quality came through and the Vice-Chancellor's XI were dismissed for 262 with 61 balls remaining, and the tourists will hope for a similar outcome in their second tour match on Monday.