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Tom Blundell hit a sparkling cen­tury for New Zealand but the West Indies cruised to a con­vinc­ing 91-run win in their ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up match played at Bris­tol yes­ter­day.

Blundell ham­mered 106 from just 89 balls with the help of five sixes and eight bound­aries as New Zealand fin­ished on 330 while chasing West Indies’ mas­sive to­tal of 421.

Ear­lier, the West Indies ham­mered 421, 33 more than their high­est ODI score of 389 runs af­ter they were put into bat.

The at­tack be­gan in the third over of the in­nings when Chris Gayle stroked two fours and two sixes off four con­sec­u­tive de­liv­er­ies to be­gin West Indies’ charge.

Evin Lewis smashed a fifty, while Shai Hope car­ried on for longer and build­ing on his good form, notched up a cen­tury.

Hope was in­volved in

a cou­ple of good stands even af­ter a half cen­tury part­ner­ship with Lewis that set the stage of West Indies’ late surge - in com­pany of Dar­ren Bravo and Shim­ron Het­myer.

With Hope and Nicholas Pooran fall­ing in quick suc­ces­sion the West Indies were re­duced to 367 for seven in the 45th over.

But that was just as per­fect a set­ting as An­dre Russell would have liked to give his big-hit­ting rep­u­ta­tion some mas­sage.

He joined in the car­nage, strik­ing seven bound­aries and three sixes in his 25-ball knock of 54.

West Indies: 421 in 49.2 overs (Chris Gayle 36, Shai Hope 101, An­dre Russell 54, Trent Boult 4/50, Matt Henry 2/107) New Zealand: 330 in 47.2 overs (Kane Wil­liamson 85, Tom Blundell 106, Ish Sodhi 39, Car­los Brath­waite 3/75, Fabian Allen 2/47). Agen­cies

Dar­ren Bravo (left) and Shai Hope run be­tween wick­ets

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