May 21, 2012
England beat West Indies by five wickets at Lord’s today in the first Test against West Indies thanks to half centuries from Alastair Cook and Ian Bell.
England went into the final day needing 191 runs for victory but started the day 10-2 after Andrew Strauss and Jimmy Anderson were dismissed last night.
Things got even worse for the home side when Jonathan Trott (13) and Kevin Pietersen (13) were dismissed inside the first hour of play on day 5.
However, an excellent partnership of 132 from Cook and Bell dented the West Indies chances of victory. Cook made 79 from 127 balls hitting 10 fours, while Bell made 63 not out from 103 balls.
Cook was dismissed with England needing just 2 runs for victory when he was caught by Kirk Edwards off the bowling of Darren Sammy.
The pick of the bowlers for West Indies was Kemar Roach who finished with 3-60 from 13 overs.
Stuart Broad claimed man of the match after taking 11 wickets in the game including career best bowling figures of 7-72 in the first innings.
England will be pleased with their victory at Lord’s against a competitive West Indies side that pushed their opponents all the way. The two teams will now head to Trent Bridge for the second Test where an England win will seal a series victory.
The Scoop 21/05/12