Strauss century sets up England

England v West Indies
Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss on his way to three figures as England hurry towards victory

Captain Andrew Strauss hit a hundred in his first match in permanent charge as England thrashed a St Kitts & Nevis XI by 217 runs at Warner Park.

It extended the feelgood theme of a day which began with the results of an MRI scan on key all-rounder Andrew Flintoff's left side showing no major damage.

Owais Shah also took the field after removing the patch which was protecting the left eye he scratched yesterday.

England completed the crushing victory with 20 minutes to spare as the hosts were dismantled for 221 inside two sessions.

Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar claimed three wickets to extend his match haul to seven, and all six of the bowlers employed were successful.

Only left-hander Codville Rogers, who struck an attractive 79, inhibited an England attack relying heavily on spin.

Earlier, Strauss retired out immediately after acknowledging his 116-ball effort enthusiastically - opening partner Alastair Cook had opted to retire on his overnight 50 - as England set their hosts an improbable 439-run target at Warner Park.

Strauss followed his second-ball duck first time around by tucking into a weak home attack, which today included left-arm spinner Jurnel Turner, one of four changes from days one and two.

Strauss smashed a straight six off Turner in the opening hour before giving way to Matt Prior, who joined Ian Bell with the score 177 for two.

But the pair were soon separated after a mix-up which resulted in a mid-pitch collision, and the run-out of Prior in his attempt to complete a single.

Bell perished driving for the second time in the contest, this time for 52, after failing to clear mid-on off spinner Trevier Smithen.

And Stuart Broad (35) also holed out as England declared on their lunch score of 265 for five.

The inexperienced hosts were 100 for three at tea and heading for a draw but paid the price for their aggression towards Panesar and leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who sent down 30 overs between them., the latter finishing with 2-67.

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