England beat West Indies by 10 wickets at Lord's

England beat West Indies by 10 wickets on Friday, winning the opening Test of a series for the first time in 15 attempts.

updated: May 09, 2009 17:59 IST
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England beat West Indies by 10 wickets on Friday, winning the opening Test of a series for the first time in 15 attempts.

England reached the winning target of 32 after tea on the third day at Lord's, having bowled out West Indies for 152 and 256 after its first innings of 377.

Led by Ravi Bopara's 143 and debutant Graham Onions' 5-38 in the first innings and Graeme Swann's three wickets in each innings, England won an opening Test for the first time since beating Bangladesh at Lord's in 2005 by an innings and 261 runs.

"On the first day, we were in some trouble and I think the way Ravi stood up was excellent," captain Andrew Strauss said. "Graham Onions made a great start. He bowled with a lot of hostility and pace. He'll be delighted with his week and we're delighted for him.

"It's just good to get over the finish line. We said beforehand that we wanted to hit the ground running and we did it pretty well today. You can't underestimate how important it is to win cricket matches. It lifts everyone's spirits, it makes everyone feel special and, the more you do it, the more you feel you can win when the chips are down."

The second and final Test starts on Thursday at Chester-le-Street as England attempts to avenge its 1-0 loss at West Indies in a five-match series earlier this year.

West Indies' Brendan Nash scored 81 and put on 134 with Denesh Ramdin (61) for the seventh wicket to ensure England had to bat again, but Alastair Cook and Strauss each hit 14 not out to take the hosts to victory.

Swann won the man-of-the-match award by taking 3-39 to add to his 3-16 in the first innings and 63 not out with the bat.

"Graeme Swann is obviously an excellent bowler, at left handers in particular," Strauss said. "Because he had some time out of Test cricket, he had time to think of some variations for how to get people out and to outhink them."

Stuart Broad claimed 3-65 as England took little more than half an hour after tea to wrap up the West Indies' second innings, the visitors losing their last five wickets for 34.

Broad bowled Ramdin, Swann trapped Jerome Taylor lbw for 15 and then bowled Sulieman Benn for 2. Broad then had Fidel Edwards caught by Tim Bresnan for 2.

Nash's defiance finally ended when he hit out at Broad and was caught near the boundary by James Anderson to be the last man dismissed.

West Indies began the day on 39-2 after play was delayed for an hour and added 41 in the morning session for the loss of three wickets, two of which were taken by Onions.

The day's first wicket came when Lendl Simmons tried to push a ball from Onions to square leg and was caught for 21 by Cook, and West Indies were 70-3.

In the 25th and next over with five runs added to the total, Shivnarine Chanderpaul prodded at a ball from Swann but got a thick edge and was caught for 4 by a diving catch from Bopara at short leg.

Onions then produced a wicked delivery that ripped Devon Smith's middle stump out of the ground in the final over before lunch. Smith, who top-scored for West Indies in the first innings with 46, was out for 41.

Nash and Ramdin set about restoring West Indies' innings, batting for more than two hours and averaging over 6 runs per over.

Nash had an escape when he slashed at a ball that flew past Swann at third slip but otherwise the pair took few risks, keeping chances to a minimum and punishing the occasional bad delivery.

The century partnership came off 157 balls. Next delivery, Ramdin was spared when Onions missed a difficult return catch.

Ramdin became the first West Indies batsman to pass 50 in the match when he cut Onions for four and Nash reached his half century in the next over, driving Swann through mid off.

Ramdin, who hit 13 boundaries to Nash's 14, was out before tea and West Indies went to the break on 225-6.

Ramdin, Nash and Edwards, who took 6-92 in England's first innings, spared West Indies from outright humiliation, according to captain Chris Gayle.

"They took the disgrace out of it," Gayle said. "We have to try and put it behind us and show the self-belief to get the job done in Durham (at the second Test)."