BRIDGETOWN: All-rounder Dwayne Bravo hit a brisk 69 off 72 balls on Sunday to steer the West Indies to 239 for nine off 50 overs in the fourth one-day international against England.

The right-hander lashed seven fours and two sixes to guide the home side from the peril of 145 for six to a respectable total at Kensington Oval.

Dimitri Mascarenhas led the England attack with three for 26 off 10 overs while Stuart Broad (three for 62) also claimed crucial scalps.

Flying start

Captain Chris Gayle gave the West Indies a flying start with a boundary-studded 46 off 39 delvieries.

The powerful left-hander continued from where he left off on Friday when he hit eight sixes in 80. On Sunday, he slapped five sixes and three fours.

Gayle and Lendl Simmons added 72 for the first wicket in 12.4 overs. Once Gayle top-edged a pull at Broad and was caught by wicket-keeper Matt Prior, the home team slipped away.

Simmons (29) was run out after a mix-up with Ramnaresh Sarwan, who went cheaply as he dragged on from Andrew Flintoff as England took control at 83 for three.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin added 43 for the fourth wicket to revive the West Indies’ fortunes.

Mascarenhas then claimed three quick wickets to further derail the innings.

Ramdin (26) holed out to mid-off, Chanderpaul feathered an edge to Prior and Kieron Pollard (0) picked out deep square leg.

Bravo dominated the latter part of the innings, playing some thrilling strokes during his half century.

Boycott threat

Earlier on Saturday, Gayle disclosed that his side could boycott the final match of the ODI series in St. Lucia next week as a means of protest in their dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board.

The West Indies Players’ Association were engaged in talks last week in the Barbados capital with the WICB, but the two sides have so far failed to reach an agreement.

Industrial action appeared to have been averted, when Gayle announced prior to the third ODI that things had been resolved.

But the big left-handed opener has withdrawn his comments and explained that he and the rest of the team were disappointed by what they were hearing from players’ chief Dinanath Ramnarine, the former West Indies leg-spinner. — AP

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