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Colly goes down fighting

New coach, new captain but same old story for England in one-day cricket, Paul Collingwood suffering defeat to the West Indies in the first of two Twenty20 clashes at The Brit Oval.

Collingwood came awfully close to single-handedly hauling England to an improbable win before they finally went down by 15 runs. He smashed a brilliant 80 from 41 balls, with four sixes, as England just failed to chase down West Indies’ 208-8, the fourth-highest score in the 15-match history of Twenty20 internationals.

At one stage the tourists looked on course to surpass Australia’s record 221-5 against England at Sydney last winter.

Collingwood, named man of the match, said: “It was frenetic out in the field, but the way we fought back was a great effort. I wanted to put on a bit of a fight and while of course we’re disappointed to lose, we’ll get a chance tomorrow to square it up.

“I was a bit disappointed with the bowling, but there are a few young lads in the side and they will learn from this and be stronger.”

The win represents a great comeback by the West Indies, who lost heavily to Derbyshire in the build-up to this game after a 3-0 defeat in the four-Test series. It was their first win of the tour.

Marlon Samuels was their star, smashing a superb 51 from 26 balls with four sixes, one of which flew over midwicket off Ryan Sidebottom and out of the ground.

Devon Smith struck 61 from 34 deliveries, with three sixes.

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