Anderson And Bresnan Seal England Victory

Anderson And Bresnan Seal England Victory
Anderson And Bresnan Seal England Victory
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England 569-6 dec. (Cook 160, Bopara 108, Prior 63) beat
West Indies 310 (Sarwan 100) & 176 (Gayle 54) by an innings and 83 runs

Second Test, Riverside, day five: stumps

James Anderson and Tim Bresnan exploited favourable conditions to bowl the West Indies out for 176 and secure an innings and 83-run victory for England on the final day of the second and final Test at the Riverside.

After two early rain breaks, the ball began to swing more than it had in the match previously, the pair sharing the seven wickets to fall as England regained the Wisden Trophy with a 2-0 series win, having asked West Indies to follow on when they were bowled out for 310 in reply to England's 569 for six declared.

Bresnan bowled unchanged throughout the day, picking up his first Test wicket when an inswinger was clipped to substitute fielder Scott Borthwick at square leg by Brendan Nash (1).

He promptly doubled his tally in the next over when Denesh Ramdin pushed at an outswinger, edging to third slip where Anderson, who also bowled throughout the day, took a comfortable catch.

England were still missing regular wicket-keeper Matthew Prior and Ravi Bopara, who are resting injuries they picked up on day three, but were sharp enough in the field, Collingwood coping well with the pronounced movement in the air produced by his bowlers.

Anderson, who picked up five wickets in the first innings, ended a promising partnership of 52 between Lendl Simmons (10) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul when Simmons limply chipped him to Borthwick at point.

After Bresnan's brace, Anderson flattened Jerome Taylor 's off stump with a perfect late outswinger that would have had far better batsmen struggling. Taylor, who made ten, had got off the mark with a driven boundary, but he had no answers to Anderson.

Chanderpaul stood alone at the other end, hitting six fours as England set attacking fields although even he occasionally played and missed at the swinging ball, eventually dismissed for 47.

Playing and missing was something that Sulieman Benn also did a lot of, and he failed to get off the mark before his off stump was also sent cartwheeling by Anderson with the last ball of the morning session.

England needed less than 20 minutes to complete the job after lunch, Anderson inducing Chanderpaul to feather an edge through to Collingwood, who clung on behind the stumps.

Bresnan denied Anderson a ten-wicket haul in the match when Fidel Edwards (4) scooped a short ball out to deep backward square where the catch was safely pouched by substitute fielder Karl Turner.

Bresnan finished with three for 45 with Anderson ending with four for 38, the first bowler to take nine wickets in a Test at The Riverside.

© Cricket World 2009

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