Watson the star against West Indies

SHANE Watson starred with an all-round display as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the two-match Twenty20 series against the West Indies on Tuesday.

Watson conceded just 16 runs off his four overs with the ball before belting 69 off 43 deliveries in Australia's eight-wicket win at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia.

The allrounder's display trumped that of big-hitting West Indian Kieron Pollard, who top-scored in his team's 7-150 with 54 not out off just 26 balls.

Pollard's 50, which came off just 20 balls, was the fastest half-century by a West Indian in T20s. But he was a lone figure in the Windies' innings with Watson (1-16) and Dan Christian (3-24) ensuring Australia could overcome the loss of David Warner (0) in the first over of their run chase with an achievable target.

Watson combined with Michael Hussey (59 not out off 45 deliveries) in a 108-run stand for the second wicket before George Bailey (21no) teamed up with Hussey as Australia scored 2-153 to win with 11 balls remaining.

> >

Topics:  australian cricket squad twenty20 cricket west indies

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Snitz sizzles to win qualifier with ease

IN FULL FLIGHT: Brisbane jockey Robbie Fradd streaks clear to win the $150,000 NRRA Country Championships qualifier on board Snitz, trained by Matt Dunn, at Clarence River Jockey Club.

SHORT priced favourite sends everybody home happy.

Ballina Players brings popular military drama to the stage

ON STAGE: John Rado as Colonel Nathan Jessep and Dylan Wheeler as Lt Daniel Kaffee in the Ballina Players production of A Few Good Men.

Tickets are on sale for their new production of A Few Good Men

Triumph of dreams ... it all started with one bike

A CLASSIC: Meerschaum Vale's Col McAndrew with his Triumph 1956 Speed Twin which he will show at the Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club's Show and Shine at Alstonville Plaza on March 18.

Col has six classic bikes; 100 expected at show

Local Partners