Gayle enjoying the moment

England v West Indies
Ramnaresh Sarwan & Denesh Ramdin

Ramnaresh Sarwan and Denesh Ramdin earned praise from their captain

West Indies captain Chris Gayle dedicated his team's first Test series win in five years to the cricket-loving public of the Caribbean.

Gayle became the first West Indian captain since Brian Lara, against Bangladesh in 2004, to clinch a series victory when his team clung on for a draw at Queen's Park Oval yesterday.

West Indies finished on 114 for eight to seal a 1-0 win after years of disappointment.

"I'm really happy, overjoyed, and you just have to enjoy the moment," said Gayle. "These things don't come around often and I just want to thank each and every player for their efforts and the character they have shown.

"I'm really happy, but not just for the team but also the people overseas. I'm sure they are jumping for joy."

West Indies' success was down to application from the batsmen on flat pitches.

Ramnaresh Sarwan led by example with more than 600 runs to win the man-of-the-series award.

"Sarwan has been consistent throughout the series," said Gayle. "He didn't get many runs in New Zealand but he came here and stepped up to the plate and it was a really big effort from him.

"Also, Denesh Ramdin and Brendan Nash getting their first Test hundreds was crucial and Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been as consistent as ever.

"We have also got a few young players in the team and hopefully they can follow suit."

Sarwan, whose lowest score of the series before the fifth Test in Trinidad was 94, added: "At the start of this series we said it was really important to get as consistent as we can and I think, not only myself, but all of us, tried really hard to get that.

"Obviously we haven't won a series in five years. It's even more special to beat England at home and myself, Chris and Shiv have played a lot of games and we haven't won too many series - to win this series means a lot.

"I think it is down to grit and determination that we have."

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