England vs West Indies

Match info: Test Series 1st Test at Lord's - First Test

Date: 21st May 2012 Status: Day 5 of 5 Umpires: Aleem Dar and M Erasmus

Home team and score Away team score

England

398 All out (113.3 Overs)
193/5 (46.1 Overs)

Result

West Indies

243 All out (89.5 Overs)
345 All out (130.5 Overs)

England won by 5 wickets.

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  • England win by five wickets

    Impressive win for England in the end thanks to a fine stand between Cook and Bell. West Indies deserve some credit for their fightback on days three and four but they'd already left themselves far too far behind in the game by then. Stuart Broad is man of the match for his 11 wickets.
  • Over 47: Samuels 4

    193-5 - Bell whips Samuels to the midwicket boundary to seal a five-wicket victory for England.
  • Over 46: Sammy 0-1-W-0-0-0

    189-5 WICKET! Cook furious with himself for failing to finish the job as he slashes Sammy to Kirk Edwards in the gully with England's victory target just two runs away. Cracking innings, though, and now Jonny Bairstow has the chance to hit the winning runs on Test debut. Or to get out for nought, as he almost does here after being crunched on the pads by a Sammy in-ducker. With an enormous grin, Sammy reviews. Inside edge, says Hot Spot, which is a piece of cold, emotionless technology and thus has no sense of humour.
  • Over 45: Samuels 1-1-1-4-0-0

    188-4 - Single milkage followed by well-placed cuttery from Cook for a boundary that leaves England one hit from victory. It occurs to me that Samuels' continued bowling may owe something to trying to boost the Windies' sorry over-rate in this Test. On that basis his spell of 10-0-47-0 does at least make some kind of twisted sense.
  • Over 44: Sammy 0-1-0-0-1-0

    181-4 - Roach off the field, and didn't exactly look comfortable as he walked off. Would be a huge blow for the Windies and this series if he's done himself any sort of mischief. Sammy into the attack for the last rites. Ten runs to win.
  • Over 43: Samuels 0-4-0-2-1-0

    179-4 - Cook back-cuts just past gully's outstretched hand for four before collecting two more with the same shot played in safer style. Adds a quick single to move to 73. It's been a top-class innings, it really has. Easy pickings now, but he came through a truly testing examination last night and this morning.
  • Over 42: Roach 4-0-0nb-0-0nb-0-0-0

    172-4 - 'See that Marlon Samuels,' chides Peter Bell. 'That's you that is. That's you trying to bowl fast.' Brilliant. Meanwhile, Bell gloves down the legside and wide of Ramdin's despairing dive for four. Roach then no-balls England ever closer to their target. Nineteen to win.
  • Over 41: Samuels 0-4-2-0-1-0

    166-4 - Two half-centuries in the game for Bell as he skips down the track to plonk a drive down the ground for a one-bounce four and then rocks back in his crease to cut behind point for a couple.
  • Over 40: Roach 1-0-0-0-1-0

    159-4 - Nearly done.
  • Over 39: Samuels 1-0-1-1-2-3lb

    157-4 - England's 150 comes up, followed by the hundred partnership. No boundaries since lunch, and that's the real quiz.
  • Over 38: Roach 0-0-1-0-2nb-0-0

    149-4 - This promised at one time to be a thrilling final day. But Cook and Bell have spoiled everyone's fun with their party-pooping competence. No sense of theatre, these England automatons. At least not since the pantomime nonsense of the winter.
  • Over 37: Samuels 0-0-2-1-0-0

    145-4 - Can sort of understand why West Indies are protecting their quicker men now with another Test starting on Friday. But it's still disappointing. Many a team has lost six wickets for fewer than 60 runs before now, and the lunch situation may still have represented West Indies' best hopes of a win in this series.
  • Over 36: Roach 1-0-1-0-0nb-0-2

    142-4 - Lovely; milky, milky. Reference there for fans of mid-90s comedy as Bell and Cook knock the ball around for easy runs.
  • Over 35: Samuels 0-0-0-1-0-0

    137-4 - Samuels is not a particularly good bowler. There, I've said it. But what he does have is an almost Afridi-level change of pace, as he wangs down a 70mph yorker that Cook as to dig out. Lucky he was alert there. There aren't that many lerts left. Samuels' quicker ball, Sammy's stock ball: same guy.
  • Over 34: Roach 0-0-0-0-1-1

    136-4 - Bell gets an inside edge onto his hip that loops straight to short-leg. Or at least, it would've done had there been a short-leg. There i't, and England move one run closer to victory. Cook cuts hard to deep point for a single to keep the strike. Roach looks like a man who used a lot of effort in his first spell.
  • Over 33: Samuels 1-0-0-0-2-0

    134-4 - Samuels continues after lunch. A fair indication of West Indies' remaining ambition in this Test match.
  • Lunch

    Great session for England in the end despite a couple of early alarms. Cook and Bell have settled the nerves in a high-quality, unbroken stand of 74 after the excellent Roach dismissed Trott and Gabriel removed Pietersen. Just 60 runs to win for England, and at present speed and course that should take only an hour after lunch. And to make matters even better for England, the sun's coming out.
  • Over 32: Sammy 0-0-0-0-0-0

    131-4 - Cook plays out a maiden from Sammy to end a cracking session of Test cricket.
  • Over 31: Samuels 0-1-4-1-0-0

    131-4 - Fifty for Cook as he plays a mirror image of Bell's late cut to pick up a boundary. At one point this morning, Cook was one not out off 28 balls. He's now, after another single cut away on the offside, 53 not out off 79. He and Bell have knocked the top off this run-chase with a partnership of 74 in just 16 overs.
  • Over 30: Sammy 1-0-0-4-1-1

    125-4 - A diving stop from Roach keeps Bell to a single for a cover-drive before a long-hop from Sammy is dispatched imperiously by Cook. He rocks back and gets a full extension of the arms to pull over midwicket and away to the ropes. Both batsmen pick up singles to complete another good over for England.

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