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Darren Bravo returned to form with an unbeaten century as West Indies warmed up for the NatWest Series against England by crushing a below-strength Middlesex.

Chris Gayle managed only a brief cameo of 34 off 30 balls on his return for the Windies after a 15-month absence, but Dwayne Smith made 96 and Dwayne Bravo a rapid 40 not out to lift the tourists to an intimidating 335 for four.

Dwayne Smith

Dwayne Smith, pictured, and Darren Bravo star as West Indies prepared for the NatWest Series with England in fine style by beating Middlesex at Lord's

It was always going to be too many for a Middlesex side containing only four regular first-team players, and they collapsed to 107 all out - with part-time off-spinner Gayle taking the last two wickets in three balls - to slip to a 228-run loss.

Gayle, who last played for West Indies in the World Cup quarter-final against Pakistan in March last year, hit four fours and two sixes before holing out to wide midwicket off Anthony Ireland.

Lendl Simmons soon followed, stumped by one-day debutant Adam Rossington off the spinner Paul Stirling, but Smith then joined Darren Bravo in a third-wicket partnership off 155 in 35 overs.

Smith struck two massive sixes, one of which landed on the top tier of the pavilion, and 10 fours in his 82-ball innings and was annoyed with himself for missing out on a century when he drove Tim Murtagh straight to mid-on.

Kieron Pollard was dropped twice before being well held by Stirling at backward point off Josh Davey for 18, but there was no stopping Darren Bravo and his half-brother Dwayne as they put on 73 in six overs.

The former - who averaged just 16 in the Investec Test series - finished unbeaten on a run-a-ball 112 with seven fours and two sixes, while the latter hit 40 off 21, including three maximums.

The Middlesex reply never got off the ground as Andre Russell, another of the seven players drafted in for the three one-day internationals and one Twenty20, and Ravi Rampaul picked up two wickets apiece and Dwayne Bravo one in the first 13 overs.

Only Dawid Malan and Josh Davey offered any resistance and, to compound Middlesex's misery, seamer Robbie Williams suffered a broken collarbone.

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