Lions romp to 10-wicket win

Root and Carberry star as Windies go down with a whimper

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Yorkshire batsman Joe Root struck an unbeaten hundred as England Lions cruised to a 10-wicket win over the West Indies on the final day at Northampton.

Root (115 not out) and Michael Carberry (72 not out) barely had a moment's worry against a depleted attack, knocking off 197 to win with more than a session to spare.

The tourists had defied expectations on Saturday when Kieran Powell and Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped them wipe out a mammoth first-innings deficit.

But the tail lasted barely 30 minutes and after bowling their opponents out for 390, the Lions moved with the minimum fuss to 61 without loss at lunch.

Matt Coles (four for 76) struck twice this morning to finish off the West Indies' second-innings resistance for the addition of only 13 runs.

The tourists were without strike bowler Kemar Roach, who took a blow on his right hand batting against Stuart Meaker, to go with the ankle he twisted two days ago.

And stand-in captain Kirk Edwards' options were further compromised when seamer Ravi Rampaul left the field after four overs with the new ball.

Fantastic

Carberry struck eight fours in his half-century from 116 balls, while Root had needed 96 balls to post his 50 before racing to three figures in only 36 more.

The latter struck 16 boundaries for his second first class century although the winning run came his way via a misfield as the Windies conceded with barely a whimper after lunch.

After the win Root voiced his support for England captain Andrew Strauss whose search for a 20th Test century, stretching back almost 18 months, goes on.

"Straussy's a class act," said the 21-year-old. "He's got a fantastic record and is a fantastic captain. I hope he can lead the boys to victory next week."

Root also gave due credit to the left-handed Carberry, who had more to fear from off-spinners Shane Shillingford and Marlon Samuels bowling in tandem on a fourth-day pitch.

"They bowled pretty well in patches and 'Carbs' played extremely well because he was playing a lot out of the rough," he added.

"Even though he only got 70 odd it was a fantastic knock and great for us to see the team home."

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