WI threaten before England win
LONDON – Two wickets – one apiece to Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel – before lunch gave England a scare, but failed to ignite West Indies and they went under by five wickets in the first Test on Monday.
Roach snared overnight batsman Jonathan Trott and Gabriel grabbed the prized scalp of Kevin Pietersen, but the Windies failed to successfully defend a target of 191, as Alistair Cook with 79 and Ian Bell with an unbeaten 63 saw the hosts over the finish line on the final day at Lord’s.
Roach ended with three wickets for 60 runs from 13 overs and Gabriel finished with one for 26 from five overs before they both limped off, as England, resuming on 10 for two, reached their target about an hour before tea.
A delivery from Marlon Samuels, bowling his uncomplicated off-spin darts, was swung away to the wide long-on boundary for four by Ian Bell to formalise the victory.
The result meant that the visitors trail 0-1 in the three-match series which continues this coming Friday at Trent Bridge before the final Test starts on June 7 at Edgbaston.
Following a dramatic end to Sunday’s penultimate day, West Indies started positively and Roach got an early breakthrough.
The fast bowler struck in the sixth over of the morning, when he had Jonathan Trott caught at second slip by captain Darren Sammy for 13 to leave England 29 for three.
The Windies continued to hunt wickets, but England talisman Kevin Pietersen threatened briefly, when he pulled a short ball from Gabriel for his only boundary in scoring 13.
Gabriel however, got his revenge, when Pietersen tried another pull to the next delivery and was caught behind from the bottom-edge on the brink of the first hour of play.
The visitors’ charged was blunted however, when Cook and Bell came together to add 132 for the fifth wicket to halt the decline and virtually steer England to a comfortable win.
As the West Indies threat faded, Cook grew in confidence, gathering the majority of his runs through the off-side from a mixture of drives and cuts, while Bell remained steady and kept the score ticking over by rotating the strike.
A cut off Samuels for the eighth of his 10 boundaries carried him to his 50, as England reached 131 for four at lunch.
After the interval, West Indies gave it one last fling, but Cook and Bell, whose 50 came from 84 balls when he lofted Marlon Samuels for the third of his five fours, continued their acts of defiance.
West Indies finally got the breakthrough with England needing just two runs to win, when Cook, whose 127-ball innings lasted 3 ¼ hours, was caught at gully off Sammy before Bell brought the curtain down on the match.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 243
ENGLAND 1st Innings 398
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings 345
ENGLAND 2nd Innings
(overnight 10 for two)
*A. Strauss c Powell b Roach 1
A. Cook c K. Edwards b *Sammy 79
J. Anderson c wkpr Ramdin b Roach 6
I. Trott c Sammy b Roach 13
K. Pietersen c wkpr Ramdin b Gabriel 13
I. Bell not out 63
J. Bairstow not out 0
Extras (b4, lb3, nb11) 18
TOTAL (5 wkts) 193
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Strauss), 2-10 (Anderson), 3-29 (Trott), 4-57 (Pietersen), 5-189 (Cook)
Bowling: F. Edwards 8-0-24-0 (nb1); Roach 13-2-60-3 (nb10); Gabriel 5-1-26-1; *Sammy 10-1-25-1; Samuels 11-0-51-0
Result: England won by five wickets.
Series: England lead three-match series 1-0
Man-of-the-Match: S. Broad (England)
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan), Marais Erasmus (South Africa)
TV umpire: Asad Rauf (Pakistan)
Match referee: R. Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: T. Robinson (England)