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Day 5 of 5
England won by 5 wickets.

England vs W Indies

England go one up at Lord's

Cook and Bell guide hosts to victory in first Test

Alastair Cook: Kept his head to quide England to victory at Lord's

Kemar Roach celebrates the wicket of Jonathan Trott

England overcame an early scare to complete a five-wicket victory over West Indies in the first Test at Lord's.

Requiring a further 181 runs to win on the final day after losing two wickets on Sunday evening, England saw both Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen return to the pavilion before lunch.

But Alastair Cook (79) and Ian Bell (63 not out) settled the nerves with a confident partnership of 132 to see their side comfortably over the line.

Cook fell with just two runs still required before England moved one up in the three-match series.

Resuming on 10-2, England lost Trott in the sixth over of the day when he fended a rising ball from Kemar Roach to Dammy Sammy at second slip for 13.

West Indies got just what they wanted - an early look at Kevin Pietersen with the ball still new - but Pietersen responded with a busy approach and in under four overs he and Cook had gone past 50 from 29-3.


But the introduction of fast bowler Shannon Gabriel brought another twist in the tale after Pietersen had clubbed a pull for four to midwicket from the third ball of the debutant's first over.

Once again, though, a boundary was instantly followed by a wicket as Pietersen aimed for a repeat to a ball which was slightly less short and took an under-edge for caught-behind.

Cook, joined by Bell, gradually found some fluency after a steady start on a still benign surface - and England appeared intent on keeping the scoreboard moving, even though time was not going to be an issue.

As Sammy juggled his options to give Roach necessary rest, Cook regularly found the boundary with cuts and drives to take England well into three-figures and punctured the tourists' belief that they could sneak an unexpected win.

Cook completed a 78-ball 50, in the last over of the morning, with a back-cut off Marlon Samuels for his eighth four.

Bell, who lunched on 34, quickened the tempo with the victory target in sight, taking the partnership past 100 in 148 balls before reaching 50 for the second time in the match.

Cook had made 79 from 127 balls when he cut Sammy low to Kirk Edwards in the gully, leaving Bell to hit the winning boundary - the fifth of his innings - off Marlon Samuels.

Match Details

17th - 21st May 2012
Aleem Dar and M Erasmus


Batsman R
Strauss c Powell b Roach 1
Cook c Edwards b Sammy 79
Anderson c Ramdin b Roach 6
Trott c Sammy b Roach 13
Pietersen c Ramdin b Gabriel 13
Bell not out 63
Bairstow not out 0
Extras 11nb, 4b, 3lb 18
Total Close, 46.1 Overs 193 - 5
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Edwards 8 0 24 0
Roach 13 2 60 3
Gabriel 5 1 26 1
Sammy 10 1 25 1
Samuels 10.1 0 51 0
Full Bowling Card