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England crushed in Bridgetown one-dayer

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  • West Indies crush England by eight wickets to take 2-1 lead in one-day series
  • Chris Gayle hits 80 after tourists are dismissed for just 117 runs in Bridgetown
  • South Africa snatch unlikely win in opening Twenty20 match against Australia
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(CNN) -- The West Indies have taken a 2-1 lead in their one-day cricket series against England, crushing the tourists by an impressive eight wickets in Bridgetown, Barbados to leave them needing just one victory from the final two matches to clinch the series.

Chris Gayle was in imperious form as he led West Indies to a crushing victory over England.

Chris Gayle was in imperious form as he led West Indies to a crushing victory over England.

The hosts had already won the Test series between the sides and the gulf in class was further underlined in emphatic fashion as they swept to victory in just 15.4 overs at the Kensington Oval.

Dismissed for a lowly 117 in 41.3 overs, England were brutally brushed aside by the aggressive strokeplay of West Indies captain Chris Gayle, who raced to 80 off just 42 balls including five fours and eight sixes.

England were always in trouble in their innings and at one stage they slipped to 68 for eight, on course to eclipse their lowest ever one-day total of 86 against Australia at Old Trafford in 2001.

It took a determined 48-run partnership between Dimitri Mascarenhas and Gareth Batty to avert a new record low total and overhaul England's previous lowest score against West Indies -- 114 at the same ground in 1986.

Gayle, subdued in his previous two appearances in the series because of a hamstring problem, quickly set about England's attack and signalled his intentions by hitting Stuart Broad for a six over third man in the opening over.

His ferocious assault was finally ended when Jimmy Anderson uprooted his leg-stump, but by then West Indies were closing in on an emphatic victory which is unlikely to help Andrew Strauss' ambitions to become permanent captain of England's misfiring one-day side.

Meanwhile, Mark Boucher slammed an unbeaten 36 from just 22 deliveries to help South Africa snatch an unlikely victory over Australia with four balls to spare in the first Twenty20 international in Johannesburg.

Chasing 166 for victory, the home side looked dead and buried when Boucher and Albie Morkel came together still needing 84 from 47 deliveries with half the team already out.

But the pair put on 58 in five pulsating overs to give their side a chance, before edging over the line to go one up in the two-match series.

Earlier an unbeaten career-best 88 from David Hussey and David Warner's 38 had helped the tourists post a competitive total.

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