England beat West Indies by nine wickets to win the second Test with more than a day to spare at Trent Bridge here yesterday and take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Set 108 for victory on the fourth day, England finished on 111 for one. England captain Andrew Strauss, who made 141 in the first innings to follow his hundred in the five-wicket first Test win at Lord’s, was out for 45 when he chipped part-time spinner Marlon Samuels to short extra-cover with his side just 19 runs short of victory. But fellow opener Alastair Cook (43 no) and Jonathan Trott (17 no) completed the win.
Earlier, Samuels made a dashing 76 not out, top-scoring for the tourists for the second time in the match after his first innings 117. However, he merely delayed the inevitable and this loss extended West Indies’ winless run in England to 16 Tests, with 14 defeats and two draws.
West Indies were all out for 165 in their second innings shortly after lunch. Tim Bresnan took four wickets for 37 runs in 17 overs for a Test-best match haul of eight for 141, while James Anderson was close behind his fellow paceman with a second innings return of four for 43 in 20.1 overs. The third Test at Edgbaston starts on June 7.