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England win at The Ageas Bowl
England completed a comfortable win against the West Indies in today's Natwest Series opener at The Ageas Bowl.
Ian Bell set up the 114-run Duckworth/Lewis win with his second one-day international century after being promoted to open the batting following Kevin Pietersen's retirement from the format.
Bell's 126 equalled the career-best 126* he scored against India at the Ageas Bowl five years ago.
It helped England to make 288-6 after losing the toss.
Two overs were lost following showers midway through the tourists' chase, but England were well in control at that point.
Tim Bresnan finished with 4-34 as a West Indies side without the injured Chris Gayle was bowled out for 172, chasing a revised target of 287.
England can clinch the three-match series at The Oval on Tuesday.
Match report, reaction and pictures in Monday's Daily Echo
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