Fifth Test Match
Trinidad - Day Five
England 546-6 dec (P D Collingwood 161, A J Strauss 142, M J Prior 131 no) & 237-6 dec (K P Pietersen 102, M J Prior 61) v West Indies 544 (S Chanderpaul 147 no, B P Nash 109, C H Gayle 102) & 114-8
West Indies drew with England
England came up just short in their attempts to square the series on a dramatic last day in Trinidad as the West Indies clung on for a draw in the fifth Test.
Set an unlikely 240 to win from 66 overs in the final two sessions, the hosts were forced to endure a nervous finish before reaching the close on 114-8.
Denesh Ramdin and Fidel Edwards, who was at the crease when the hosts held out in similar circumstances in Antigua, made sure their side clinched the Wisden Trophy.
While Chris Gayle and his team will celebrate a first series triumph in five years, England will look back on missed opportunities, both in this Test and throughout the series in the Caribbean.
Skipper Andrew Strauss is likely to face some tough questions over the timing of his declaration, just as he had to after failing to win the third Test.
Resuming with a lead of 82, Kevin Pietersen's hundred pushed the tourists into a sizeable lead, perhaps even a little too big considering the West Indies were left with little option but to bat out time, rather go for victory themselves.
Having raced to 34 on the fourth evening, Pietersen continued to pummel the bowlers, including several part-timers, to reach his 16th Test ton. He eventually holed out for 102 having hit nine fours and a six off 92 balls.
Although Paul Collingwood perished early, chipping a simple return catch back to Ryan Hinds, Matt Prior came out to help add 106 in a hurry.
Fresh from a hundred in the first innings, the wicketkeeper-batsman even out-scored his batting partner, managing eight boundaries in his 49-ball 61.
Eventually Lionel Baker ended Prior's fun by knocking back his middle stump, a perfect time perhaps to end the innings early and have a bowl before lunch.
Instead Strauss opted to go on and when the declaration did come during the interval it set up a race against time to pick up 10 wickets.
Lendl Simmons became the first to go in the seventh over, bowled by James Anderson, a superb slip catch from Collingwood removing the makeshift opener for eight.
Devon Smith went soon after, a wretched-looking sweep seeing him trapped leg before to become Graeme Swann's first victim.
The off-spinner, battling an elbow injury, then picked up the key wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan, Collingwood again working wonders at slip, though with the score at tea 78-3 the draw still looked an odds-on certainty.
The same combination nearly saw the back of Shivnarine Chanderpaul but an edge fell just short. The left-hander faced a further 50 deliveries before becoming the third victim for Swann, who finished with remarkable figures of 3-13 from 21 overs.
Brendan Nash contributed just one and when Ryan Hinds was unfortunate to get given out caught behind, a victim of his team-mates wasting the two referrals earlier in the innings, England's hopes were raised again.
Monty Panesar, who had ended Hinds' 94-ball vigil, eventually got umpire Russell Tiffin to agree with an lbw appeal against Gayle (four) and then the impressive Anderson yorked Daren Powell with 20 balls to go.
However, Edwards once again proved an immovable object, as he and Ramdin, who finished unbeaten on 17, made sure the West Indies held on.