NOTTINGHAM— England clinched the test series against West Indies by winning the second match at Trent Bridge by nine wickets yesterday. England cantered to victory, closing on 111-1 on the fourth day after captain Andrew Strauss made 45 and Alastair Cook finished unbeaten on 43. Marlon Samuels claimed the only wicket to fall when Strauss was caught by Bravo, finishing with 1-18. “We’re obviously delighted to get over the line,” Strauss said. “Nine wickets sounds quite comprehensive, but we had opportunities to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and they kept coming back.” Earlier, England dismissed West Indies for 165 with Samuels making 76 not. England allrounder Tim Bresnan claimed 4-37 for figures of 8-141 in the match, his best performance in a test. James Anderson took 4-43. The last test in the series is at Edgbaston in Birmingham and starts June 7, and West Indies captain Darren Sammy feels his side need a rethink ahead of the match.
“We’ve really got to consider how we go about playing test cricket,” he said. “Something has got to be done. We just have to be more focused and put a higher price on our wickets.” Trent Bridge has a capacity of 17,500 and approximately 6,000 tickets were sold for Monday. But with West Indies 61-6 overnight, many fans assumed the result was a foregone conclusion and most seats were empty. However, overnight batsmen Darren Sammy and Samuels were comfortable during the first hour and played with increasing confidence until Sammy was lbw to Bresnan in the first over after the drinks break. “To get them six down last night was a phenomenal effort by everyone, all the seamers, and it kind of pulled the game away from West Indies,” Bresnan said. Sammy referred Aleem Dar’s decision but replays showed the ball would have clipped the top of the stumps, ending a stand of 49. The pair had put on 204 in West Indies' first innings. In Bresnan’s next over, England unsuccessfully referred Dar's decision not to give Samuels lbw. Samuels slashed a delivery from Anderson just past a diving Andrew Strauss at first slip and reached his 50 with a single off the same bowler in the 51st over. In the same over, Anderson successfully referred a decision by Asad Rauf not to give Kemar Roach lbw for 14, leaving West Indies eight wickets down at lunch.
Shane Shillingford fell for a duck 20 minutes after the interval when he was caught at first slip by Strauss off Graeme Swann, who surprisingly hadn’t bowled during the morning session. Samuels continued to take on the bowlers, twice smashing Swann back over his head for six in the 60th over. But he was denied his second century in as many innings when he ran out of partners, after Ravi Rampaul was caught by a diving Bresnan in the slips. After a cautious start to the run chase, Strauss and Cook made serene progress toward the target of 108 before tea, the only fright coming when Strauss sliced a ball from Sammy behind and an easy chance was missed by wicketkeeper Dinesh Ramdin. Strauss was caught by Darren Bravo off Samuels at extra cover early in the evening session, but Jonathan Trott, who finished on 17 not out, hit the winning runs when he glanced Samuels to the fine leg boundary. West Indies coach Ottis Gibson says the top order will be given “every opportunity” to find form before the third test. “We’ve got a two-day game coming up at Leicester to give the guys the opportunity they need to regain their confidence,” he said. “We’re playing Saturday and Sunday and the top order need more time in the middle, so we’ll give them every opportunity in that game.”
England vs West Indies
West Indies 1st Inns 370
England 1st Inns 428
West Indies 2nd Inns (o/n 61-6)
Adrian Barath lbw Anderson 7
Kieran Powell b Anderson 1
Darren Bravo lbw Bresnan 22
SChanderpaul c Trott b Broad 11
Marlon Samuels not out 76
Dinesh Ramdin lbw Bresnan 6
Kirk Edwards lbw Bresnan 0
Darren Sammy lbw Bresnan 25
Kemar Roach lbw Anderson 14
SShillingford c Strauss b Swann 0
RRampaul c Bresnan b Anderson 0
Extras: (1b, 2lb) 3
TOTAL (60.1) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-14, 3-31, 4-45, 5-61, 6-61, 7-110, 8-139, 9-148, 10-165.
Bowling: James Anderson 20.1-6-43-4, Stuart Broad 17-5-58-1, Graeme Swann 6-1-24-1, Tim Bresnan 17-5-37-4.
England 2nd Inns
Andrew Strauss c Bravo b Samuels 45
Alastair Cook not out 43
Jonathon Trott not out 17
Extras: (5b, 1nb) 6
TOTAL: (for 1 wicket 30.4 overs) 111
Did not bat: Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.
Bowling: Kemar Roach 5-2-16-0, Ravi Rampaul 6-2-12-0, Darren Sammy 6-0-32-0, Marlon Samuels 5.4-0-18-1, Shane Shillingford 8-1-28-0.
Toss: Won by West Indies.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Asad Rauf (Pakistan).
Third Umpire: Marais Erasmus (South Africa).
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka).