The NatWest Series
England 328-7 (M J Prior 87, O A Shah 75, A J Strauss 52) v West Indies 270 (S Chanderpaul 68)
England beat West Indies by 58 runs
England wrapped up the NatWest series 2-0 with a comfortable 58-run victory over West Indies in the third one-day international at Edgbaston.
Andrew Strauss, Matt Prior and Owais Shah all struck half-centuries at near and above run-a-ball pace before England successfully defended 328-7 - their sixth highest ODI total - with relative ease.
Prior, filling in at number three in the absence of the injured Kevin Pietersen, struck a career-best 87 off 86 balls during a quickfire 149-run stand with Shah, who himself made 75.
The contribution helped England to their highest one-day score since their 340-6 against New Zealand in Napier last year and it also eclipsed their highest against West Indies, beating the 306-5 they scored at the Oval in a 55-over match in 1995.
As ever, West Indies' hopes of chasing down the record total rested almost entirely on the shoulders of captain Chris Gayle and talisman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
However, when Gayle perished to Stuart Broad in the third over for just 11, the writing was on the wall. Chanderpaul (68) rallied in partnership with Denesh Ramdin (45) during an 82-run stand for the sixth wicket, however when the left-hander picked out Ravi Bopara at midwicket any faint hopes of victory were extinguished.
It was Bopara who had earlier ignited England's mammoth total during a free-scoring opening partnership with captain Strauss.
The pair expertly laid the foundations with an 81-run opening stand dominated by Bopara's 49 off 54 balls in his 10th innings since being converted to an opener in the one-day side.
Bopara hit seven boundaries in his innings, including a spell of four fours in nine balls, but fell short of his half-century when he pushed forward to Dwayne Bravo and played onto his stumps.
Strauss, playing in his last international before the Ashes begins at Cardiff on July 8, took up the mantle and reached his 16th ODI half-century off 66 balls.
But his hopes of repeating his century in Guyana six matches ago were ended when he fell to the next ball he faced, pushing forward defensively to left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn and being stumped by Ramdin.
His demise united Prior with Shah in a productive 149-run stand off only 126 balls, which propelled England to a far more daunting total than West Indies would have predicted during the early stages on a slow pitch
Both batsmen ran intelligently and based their partnership on a mixture of quick singles and timely boundaries.
Jerome Taylor, the pick of the uninspiring Windies attack, prevented both players from registering three figures before Paul Collingwood, man of the match at Bristol, steered England past 300 on his 33rd birthday, with an enterprising 23 off 14 balls.
Gayle and recalled opener Runako Morton strode to the middle in the knowledge that they would have to smash a catalogue of records if they were to level the series and register the tourists' first win of the tour.
However, that feat never looked likely when the Windies skipper and Ramnaresh Sarwan (9) were removed inside the opening four overs.
Both were caught attempting to force the pace off Broad and James Anderson respectively - leaving Chanderpaul in a position of deja vu as he took guard.
He and Morton sparked a mini revival before a rain shower fell between the two early dismissals and another one drove the players from the field shortly after 4pm.
Shortly after the resumption, Morton's ambitious thoughts of running two, after driving a ball from Tim Bresnan to deep cover, proved fatal as Collingwood's throw narrowly beat his attempts to get back to the non-striker's end.
Bravo (26 off 22 balls) entered the crease and took the fight back to England, however the contest was all but over when he was trapped lbw by the impressive Bresnan with the score on 99.
Chanderpaul continued to fight, however he seemed more content to accumulate singles and showed little intent to clear or even find the boundary.
He and Ramdin fell in the space of eight runs during the middle overs and only an entertaining 31 off 29 balls from Benn at the death added a hint of respectability to another inept West Indian performance.