England claim series, beat Windies by 9 wickets

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Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 17:50 [IST]
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England thump Windies, claim Test series

Nottingham, May 29: England thrashed West Indies by nine wickets on the fourth day of the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Monday.

[Scorecard: 2nd Test: England vs West Indies]

Chasing a modest target of 108, England cruised to a comfortable win on the fourth day and clinch the series 2-0 here on Monday. This victory marks England's seventh series win in a row and their sixth in seven against West Indies.

The visitors continued their miserable run in England. Failing to win a series in 24 years, the Windies have won just one in 25 Tests played.

England skipper Andrew Strauss (45) and Alastair Cook ( 43 not out) pushed England closer to victory after tea and Jonathan Trott (17 not out) helped to seal their second win this series.

West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels was the sole runner in their second innings putting up a fighting 76 not out. Windies were crushed to 61/6 at the end play on Day 3. Apart from Samuels, skipper Darren Sammy added 25, but was trapped by Tim Bresnan, who claimed his fourth lbw victim in the innings. Samuels yet again played a fine knock, who also scored 117 in the first innings.

Samuels (117) and Sammy (106) scored centuries in the first innings to power Windies to 370. In reply, leading the side, Strauss scored 141 and Kevin Pietersen added a steady 80 to help England post 428 runs.

The match was all but over on the third day when Bresnan rattled the West Indies top-order with a 3/10 spell. Sammy and Samuels held the Windies innings together but needed their first Tests magic which also included centurries from both Sammy and Samuels. But Bresnan struck to leave the visitors struggling in the middle. The lower-order tumbled to end the innings on 165.

Samuels was the only hope for West Indies ending the Test with 193 runs. Bresnan finished with 4-37, and there was at last reward for Anderson's excellence with 4-43 from 20 overs.

Bresnan's all-round impressive performance with 39 runs and a four-wicket haul is proving to be a vital player and was adjudged man of the match for claiming a total of eight wickets in the match. Skipper Strauss also is in fine touch with back-to-back tons ending a 18-month drought.

England won the first Test by five wickets at Lord's and will eye a whitewash when the third Test kick starts on June 7 Edgbaston in Birmingham.


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