England saunter to series success
England eased to a nine-wicket win in the second Investec Test at Trent Bridge to clinch the three-game series ahead of the Edgbaston finale.
The hosts needed 30.4 overs to reach a target of 108 half an after tea on the fourth afternoon. Alastair Cook ended on 43 not out once Andrew Strauss, who made first-innings centuries here and at Lord’s, had gone for 45.
West Indies had kept up the fight they displayed in a five-wicket defeat at Lord’s for much of this contest, but collapsing to 61 for six at stumps yesterday proved costly for them.
Marlon Samuels resisted gamely today and was unbeaten on 76 in a total of 165 all out soon after lunch. James Anderson and Tim Bresnan each took four wickets, the latter for eight in a Test for the first time in his career.
First-innings centurions Samuels and Darren Sammy began the day circumspectly, but scored freely as they neared a half-century alliance. Bresnan denied them that milestone, making the latter his fourth lbw victim of the innings - for 25.
Kemar Roach supported Samuels until Anderson successfully reviewed a leg-before decision against him on 14.
Following lunch Samuels went after Graeme Swann, but the off-spinner and Anderson respectively accounted for tailenders Shane Shillingford and Ravi Rampaul to slip catches for nought.
Cook narrowly avoided being run out on seven and Strauss should have been caught behind off Sammy on 35, but England otherwise had little trouble in overhauling West Indies’ runs under the first cloud cover of a game otherwise played in glorious sunshine.
4:32pm - ENGLAND WIN BY NINE WICKETS AND RETAIN THE WISDEN TROPHY! - Trott flicks Samuels, bowling round the wicket, to fine-leg to complete the victory that puts the hosts 2-0 up with just the Edgbaston Test left. Cook was unbeaten on 43 and Trott 17.
4:29pm - Cook’s single off Shillingford leaves four to win. Trott flicks to midwicket for three to level the scores.
4:27pm - Trott punches Samuels off the back foot for four to cover, taking England into three figures and leaving five for victory.
4:25pm - Cook and Trott are advancing mainly in singles against the two spinners, taking the required runs into single figures.
4:14pm - Jonathan Trott cuts his third ball, from Samuels, for four to get off the mark.
4:12pm - WICKET! - Strauss c Bravo b Samuels 45; Eng 89/1 - Strauss miscues the off-spinner to extra-cover to depart with 19 needed to win.
4:09pm - Shillingford gets one to turn and bounce at Cook, who is beaten and the ball goes for four byes. Andrew Strauss then advances to hoist the off-spinner for four over mid-on.
4:02pm - Shane Shillingford begins the session from the Pavilion End, initially bowling to Alastair Cook.
3:40pm - TEA - England 74/0; Strauss 40, Cook 33 - The openers negotiate their way to the interval with 34 still required for victory. The crowd, understandably smaller than the first three days, try to get a Mexican Wave going.
3:35pm - CHANCE! - Strauss, on 35, slashes at Sammy and gets a thin edge, but wicketkeeper and first slip leave the ball for each other as it travels between them for four.
3:30pm - Cook cuts Shillingford hard and Rampaul, diving in front of the cover rope, deflects the ball for four. Rampaul then fields cleanly to ironic cheers.
3:27pm - Strauss glides Sammy towards the third-man rope for three to take England to 51. Next ball Cook clips the Windies skipper to leg for four.
3:22pm - Shillingford replaces Samuels, but begins with a long-hop that Cook cuts for his first four of the innings.
3:16pm - Samuels, who claimed England’s last two first-innings wickets, takes over from Rampaul - showing Sammy’s preference for him over specialist spinner Shillingford.
3:08pm - Cook, on seven, misjudges a single to short extra-cover where Kieran Powell swoops but misses the non-striker’s stumps with the opener short of his ground. Strauss then opens the face for four more.
3:04pm - Darren Sammy replaces Roach, beginning with a field designed to save singles but without a slip. Strauss runs the ball through the vacant cordon for four.
2:54pm - Strauss briefly receives treatment on his left hand, although there was not a particular delivery that obviously caused him discomfort.
2:41pm - Strauss is off the mark with four, although replays suggest it should have been leg-byes. The skipper then twice pulls Roach emphatically to the rope.
2:37pm - Cook gets England going with two to deep cover from the last ball of the fourth over, bowled by Rampaul.
2:34pm - Roach follows Rampaul’s maiden with a third straight runless over.
2:26pm - Kemar Roach begins with a maiden to Andrew Strauss from the Radcliffe Road End. For the first time in the match there is some cloud cover.
2:11pm - WICKET! Rampaul c Bresnan b Anderson 0; WI 165 all out - Rampaul edges to third slip, leaving Samuels unbeaten on 76 and England a target of 108 to win the series with a Test to spare.
2:08pm - Samuels clips Swann for four to midwicket to take the Windies past 150 and follows up with two straight sixes in three balls, but the spinner keeps Rampaul on strike for the next over.
2:05pm - Samuels turns down several easy singles against Anderson until the fifth ball of the over. Number 11 Ravi Rampaul survives the last ball.
1:59pm - WICKET! - Shillingford c Anderson b Swann 0; WI 148/9 - The right-hander edges to Anderson at slip to leave West Indies nine down and 90 ahead.
1:57pm - Anderson bowls a maiden to Shillingford, who is still on nought.
1:50pm - Swann immediately goes round the wicket to Samuels who, on 58, clips firmly at short-leg where Alastair Cook gets a hand on what cannot be considered a genuine chance.
1:45pm - James Anderson continues from the Radcliffe Road End with the field set back to Marlon Samuels in an attempt to get tailender Shane Shillingford on strike. Samuels takes a single from the fourth ball and Shillingford sees out the over.
1:42pm - Graeme Swann, who did not bowl this morning, takes the first over after lunch - from the Pavilion End.
1pm - LUNCH - WI 141/8; Samuels 52, Shillingford 0 - New batsman Shane Shillingford plays out five balls from Anderson as West Indies reach the interval 83 ahead.
12:50pm - WICKET! - Roach lbw Anderson 14; WI 139/8 - Anderson’s appeal is turned down, but England successfully review with replays showing the ball heading for leg stump.
12:49pm - FIFTY - Samuels (130b 8x4 0x6) - The right-hander takes a single to point off Anderson to reach a half-century.
12:41pm - A quiet passage of play ensues as lunch draws near. Could Strauss be thinking of bowling off-spinner Graeme Swann before the interval? Anderson, who is getting reverse-swing, bowls a maiden.
12:30pm - Anderson takes over from Broad at the Radcliffe Road End and Samuels immediately drives behind square on the off side for four. The right-hander then flashes an edge past Andrew Strauss at a solitary slip for four to move to 46.
12:23pm - Roach pushes Broad through a gap in the covers and the ball races to the rope. The right-hander then picks up two consecutive fours to fine-leg, the first fortuitous but the second controlled.
12:20pm - REVIEW! - Bresnan strikes Samuels with a rising delivery and England ask for a review. Replays show the ball going over the top of the stumps.
12:06pm - WICKET! - Sammy lbw Bresnan 25; WI 110/7 - The right-hander is struck high on the back pad. He reviews, but the decision is upheld with replays showing the ball clipping the top of the stumps. Kemar Roach plays out a maiden.
12:02pm - Broad bowls a maiden to Samuels, importantly for England stemming the flow of runs.
11:55am - Bresnan replaces Anderson at the Pavilion End and Sammy cuts the all-rounder for another boundary. Later in the over, three for Samuels takes the lead to 52.
11:52am - Samuels powers Broad for four through the covers, where there are now two fielders, to usher West Indies into three figures.
11:48am - Samuels drives Anderson square on the off side for another boundary. These are still ideal batting conditions.
11:39am - Sammy guides Anderson to the vacant third-man boundary for four, taking the Windies’ lead to 32.
11:32am - Stuart Broad takes over from Bresnan. Sammy is batting outside his crease in an attempt to nullify lbw.
11:29am - Samuels caresses Anderson to the midwicket boundary, beating Jonathan Trott’s chase from long-leg.
11:24am - Sammy cover-drives a Bresnan half-volley to the rope. With England attacking, Alastair Cook is the only fielder in front of square on the off side.
11:15am - Bresnan and Anderson are keeping the pressure on West Indies’ seventh-wicket duo, making them play at almost every ball and occasionally beating the edge.
11:04am - James Anderson opens up from the Pavilion End and beats Sammy’s outside edge during a maiden.
11am - Tim Bresnan, who claimed three wickets in yesterday’s evening session, takes the first over of the day - from the Radcliffe Road End. Darren Sammy gets off the mark for his innings with a single, putting Marlon Samuels - who had 13 overnight - on strike. Samuels flicks a leg-stump half-volley for four.
10:40am - Tim Bresnan starred for England yesterday with an unbeaten 39 to help secure a first-innings lead of 58 and three wickets, all lbw, to leave West Indies deep in trouble at 61 for six. After play, he praised a “phenomenal” bowling effort from the hosts.
10:30am - Good morning and welcome to Trent Bridge for day four of the second Investec Test. England are on course for series victory here given West Indies are three runs ahead with just four second-innings wickets left. The tourists' only crumb of comfort is they have first-innings centurions Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy at the crease. Like the previous three days, conditions here are perfect thanks to another cloudless sky.