FORMER Kington cricketer Dwayne Smith played a starring role for the West Indies as the World Cup got underway at Jamaica's Sabina Park on Tuesday.

The all-rounder crashed 32 from just 15 balls and followed this up with 3-36 as the host team began their campaign with a promising 54-run victory over Pakistan.

Smith, who hit two sixes and three fours in his cameo innings, included top duo Inzamam ul Haq and Mohammad Yousuf, as well as first-ball victim Kamran Akmal, in his haul of wickets.

There was not such a happy outcome, however, for the other participant with county connections. Pakistan paceman Naved Rana ul Hasan, who played once for Herefordshire, ended with 0-49 from his nine overs.