ST. GEORGEíS (GRENADA), April 26 (AP): Inspired by James Andersonís fiery burst with the second new ball and his brilliance in the field, England defeated the West Indies by nine wickets on the last day of the second cricket test.
England batsmen Gary Ballance (L) and Alastair Cook discussing a point during their century stand against West Indies on the final day of the 2nd Test match at St Georgeís on Saturday.
Andersonís three wickets for 16 in eight overs, allied to his two catches and a sharp, direct hit run out, triggered a stunning West Indies collapse from 202-2 at the start of the day, with a lead of 37, to 307 all out yesterday.
As England set out for the winning goal of 143, Jonathan Trott was bowled in fast bowler Shannon Gabrielís opening over without scoring.
Captain Alastair Cook, unbeaten on 59, and Garry Ballance, 81 not out and dropped twice, completed the job against lackluster bowling with an unbroken partnership of 142.
Balance passed 1,000 runs in his 17th innings, the third fastest in England test history, and Cook, with 76 in the first innings, finally got among the runs to scrubs those critics off his back.
The West Indies was set back when medium-fast bowler Jason Holder was taken off on a stretcher after damaging his left ankle as he planted it to deliver to Ballance in his second over.
Ballance was missed at 15 and 67 at slip by Devon Smith off Marlon Samuels, but the West Indies seemed resigned to the outcome.
The result was a disappointment for the locals in the biggest crowd of the match, but celebrated by 2,000 jubilant travelling supporters, witnesses to Englandís first away victory since late 2012 in Kolkata, India.
England takes a 1-0 lead into the third and final test at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Friday.
Andersonís decisive spell began with his seventh delivery, a fierce bouncer that Kraigg Brathwaite could only parry to gully after adding 15 to his overnight 101.
Brathwaite lasted 252 balls, and done the most to make observers believe West Indies could bat out the last day on a flat pitch and earn a second straight draw.
West Indies 1st innings: 299
England 1st innings: 464
West Indies 2nd innings: KC Brathwaite c Root b Anderson 116, DS Smith b Anderson 2, DM Bravo c Buttler b Broad 69, MN Samuels c Buttler b Anderson 37, S Chanderpaul c Cook b Anderson 7, J Blackwood c Anderson b Jordan 10, D Ramdin lbw b Ali 28, JO Holder run out 2, KAJ Roach c Anderson b Ali 10, D Bishoo not out 15, ST Gabriel lbw b Ali 0, Extras: (b 8, lb 2, nb 1) 11. Total: (all out; 112 overs) 307. Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-145, 3-224, 4-238, 5-239, 6-257, 7-260, 8-282, 9-307, 10-307. Bowling: JM Anderson 22-7-43-4, SCJ Broad 21-2-71-1, MM Ali 24-9-51-3, CJ Jordan 21-6-69-1, BA Stokes 8-0-34-0, JE Root 16-7-29-0.
England 2nd innings: AN Cook not out 59, IJL Trott b Gabriel 0, GS Ballance not out 81. Extras: (w 1, nb 3) 4. Total: (1 wicket; 41.1 overs) 144. Fall of wickets: 1-2. Bowling: KAJ Roach 7-1-18-0, ST Gabriel 7-3-20-1, JO Holder 1.4-0-11-0, MN Samuels 12.3-1-54-0, D Bishoo 8-0-32-0, KC Brathwaite 5-1-9-0