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After a woeful winter of white ball cricket, England were back in whites and quickly hit their stride against opponents who found themselves hopelessly outclassed.

The home side opted to bat first but offered next to no resistance as the English attack completed their task inside 27 overs.

Little of note will have been gleaned from the steam-rollering but Ben Stokes, back in the side after his World Cup omission, was the pick of the bowlers as he took three for 10 and looked close to his best bowling form.

Improbably England did not strike until the ninth over, James Anderson with the first success of the trip with a gem that just flicked Sherwin Peters’ off stump.

That was the start of the demolition job, with Stokes accelerating matters with three wickets in five deliveries.

The Durham all-rounder had 16-year-old Ross Powell held at slip for six and two balls later saw Shane Jeffers chip a soft catch to Gary Ballance at point.

His eye-catching spell continued after drinks when Steve Liburd wafted loosely at a wider delivery to offer Alastair Cook a straightforward slip catch.

Quite how much England were learning from their flimsy opponents was hard to tell, but Stokes continued to rise above the general standard as a fine inswinger just evaded captain Jacques Taylor’s off stump.

Chris Jordan, selected ahead of Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood for this two-day outing, then accounted for Akeem Saunders and Taylor to make it 43 for six.

Jordan had Tredwell to thank for his second, with the Kent man taking a superb one-handed catch at third slip.

Jaison Peters offered a shred of resistance in compiling 22 runs from number seven but when he hoisted Stuart Broad straight up in the air and into Buttler’s gloves, the game was up.

Broad finished with two scalps, Adil Rashid claimed his first wicket back in the international fold with a well set-up lbw against Quinton Boatswain and James Tredwell ended the innings in his first over.