Opener Michael Lumb top-scored with a fluent 106 on his debut but was unable to prevent England from slipping to a 15-run defeat by West Indies in the first one-day international (ODI) in North Sound, Antigua yesterday.
In reply to the West Indies’ total of 269 for six from 50 overs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, England collapsed from a commanding 180 for two to 254 for six as they began the post-Kevin Pietersen era with a loss.
Left-hander Lumb reached three figures off 109 balls, hitting seven fours and two sixes, as he became the ninth player to score a century on his ODI debut.
He was finally removed with the total on 180 in the 37th over, caught by a leaping West Indies captain and Man-of-the-Match Dwayne Bravo in the covers off paceman Ravi Rampaul having put England in a good position to push on for victory.
Lumb combined with fellow debutant Moeen Ali (44) in a first-wicket partnership of 96, then added 74 for the third wicket with Joe Root (37).
However, England lost momentum as Ben Stokes (five), Root and Jos Buttler (12) went in quick succession and the tourists fell short of their target despite a late flurry from Ravi Bopara (23 not out) and Tim Bresnan (14 not out).
Earlier, Bravo blasted a quickfire 87 not out to help his team recover from a poor start and post a good total after they were put in to bat by England skipper Stuart Broad.
Bravo shared stands of 108 with Lendl Simmons (65) for the fifth wicket and 116 with Darren Sammy (61) for the sixth as the home team recovered from a shaky 45 for four in the 16th over.
Though Bravo struck eight fours and a six in his 91-ball innings, Sammy was even more destructive as he hit five fours and four sixes in a 36-ball assault.
Medium-fast bowler Bresnan was the chief wicket-taker for England, returning figures of three for 68, while off-spinner James Tredwell was the most economical, taking one for 23 in 10 overs.
The series continues at the same venue with the second ODI tomorrow.
1ST ODI SCOREBOARD
West Indies vs England
West Indies Inns
D Smith c †Buttler b Tredwell 24
K Powell c Jordan b Root 5
K Edwards b Bresnan 10
DM Bravo lbw b Ali 2
L Simmons c Ali b Bresnan 65
DJ Bravo* not out 87
D Sammy c Broad b Bresnan 61
Extras: (LB4, W10, NB1) 15
Total: (for six wickets; 50 overs) 269
Did not bat: D.Ramdin, J.Holder, S.Narine, R.Rampaul
Wickets at:19 (Powell), 38 (Smith), 40 (Edwards), 45 (DM Bravo), 153 (Simmons), 269 (Sammy)
Bowling: Root 9-2-47-1, Broad 6-1-35-0, Bresnan 10-1-68-3, Tredwell 10-1-23-1, M Ali 6-1-25-1, C Jordan 9-2-67-0.
M Lumb c DJ Bravo b Rampaul 106
M Ali c Narine b Smith 44
L Wright c DJ Bravo b Sammy 1
J Root c †Ramdin b Narine 37
B Stokes b Narine 5
J Buttler† c Holder b DJ Bravo 12
R Bopara not out 23
T Bresnan not out 14
Extras: (B1, LB2, W9) 12
Total: (for six wickets; 50 overs) 254
Did not bat: C Jordan, S Broad, J Tredwell
Wickets at: 96 (Ali), 106 (Wright), 180 (Lumb), 192 (Stokes), 205 (Root), 211 (Buttler)
Bowling: Holder 4-0-27- 0, Rampaul 10-0-53-1, Narine 10-1-36-2, DJ Bravo 10-0- 59-1, Sammy 10-0-46-1, Smith 6-0-30- 1.
Toss - England
Series - West Indies led the 3-match series 1-0
Player of the match - DJ Bravo (West Indies)
Results: West Indies won by 15 runs