England seal series victory

By Graeme Mair  

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Third npower Test Match
Old Trafford
England 370 (I R Bell 97, A N Cook 60) & 313 (A N Cook 106, K P Pietersen 68, D J G Sammy 7-66) v West Indies 229 (S Chanderpaul 50, M S Panesar 4-50) & 394 (S Chanderpaul 116 no, R S Morton 54, M S Panesar 6-137, S J Harmison 4-95)
England beat West Indies by 60 runs

A defiant century from Shivnarine Chanderpaul could not prevent England securing the Wisden Trophy with a 60-run victory against West Indies at Old Trafford.

Chanderpaul finished unbeaten on 116, but his side were bowled out for 394 shortly after lunch on the final day as Michael Vaughan became England's most successful Test captain with the 21st win of his tenure.

Monty Panesar and Steve Harmison shared the five wickets England required on Monday to complete a 2-0 series success ahead of the final Test at the Riverside, which starts on Friday.

West Indies had resumed at 301-5, needing a further 154 runs to complete the largest run chase in Test history, and it was not until Harmison took two wickets in his first over after lunch that their resistance was finally broken.

The Durham paceman produced two spiteful deliveries to account for tailenders Jerome Taylor (11) and Fidel Edwards (0), who were both caught fending the ball away from their throat.

Harmison bowled impressively on the final day to finish with second-innings figures of 4-95 and in the process became the 11th Englishman to take 200 Test wickets.

But it was Panesar who was once again the star turn, adding another three victims to finish with 10 wickets in a Test for the first time.

He made both breakthroughs in the morning session and was the only bowler to consistently trouble Chanderpaul by pitching into the rough outside the left-hander's off-stump.

England had sensed the opportunity to complete a quick victory when Denesh Ramdin fell for 34 to the 15th ball of the day, bringing an end to a sixth-wicket partnership of 62.

The West Indies wicketkeeper had signalled his side's intent by cutting his first ball to the boundary but was soon undone by a sharply turning delivery from Panesar that took the outside edge and ended in the hands of Paul Collingwood at slip.

England bowled well during the morning, a vast improvement on the wayward fare served up by the seam attack in the first innings, but could pick up only one further wicket prior to lunch as Chanderpaul inspired some spirited batting from his lower-order colleagues.

Debutant Darren Sammy, fresh from his seven-wicket haul yesterday, struck five fours to reach 25 before Panesar made his second intervention of the day with a superb return catch after Sammy drove a flighted delivery straight back at him.

Chanderpaul reached his 15th Test century, and first for two years, in the company of eighth-wicket partner Taylor as the tourists continued to inch towards their target. By lunch they were 379-7, requiring a further 76 runs for an incredible triumph.

But Harmison's two-wicket burst at the start of the second session ended those hopes and Panesar capped a memorable personal display by having last man Corey Collymore (0) caught at silly point to complete figures of 6-137 and seal the result.

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