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Summary

  1. England win second Test in Grenada
  2. Tourists lead three-match series 1-0
  3. Ballance 81 and Cook 59 not out
  4. Anderson 4-43 in WI's 2nd innings

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

Right, it's time to bid you farewell. A magnificent effort from England, not many would have expected them to pull out a result this morning but a brilliant individual session from James Anderson turned the tide. There was also a first overseas century for Joe Root, who is rapidly emerging as a star of this England team.

Can England get their first away Test series win since India in 2012? We'll be back with you on Friday at 14:30 BST for the third Test in Barbados - join us then to find out.

Match summary

England won by nine wickets

West Indies 1st innings: 299 (Samuels 103, Broad 4-61)

England 1st innings: 460 (Root 182, Bishoo 4-177)

West Indies 2nd innings: 307 (Brathwaite 116, Anderson 4-43)

England 2nd innings: 144-1 (Ballance 81, Cook 59)

Full match scorecard

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Some of these players played in the World Cup and got panned for their performances. They know they are better Test side, but it still hurts you if you play badly. Whether it's one-day cricket or Tests, you're and England player and England cricket is under the cosh. There's that relief and hopefully they go to Barbados on top of the world and, in the nicest sporting way, crush West Indies."

England in West Indies

First Test, Antigua: Match drawn

Second Test, Grenada: England won by nine wickets

Third Test, Barbados: 1-5 May (15:00 BST)

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Jonathan Trott
Reuters

"If I was saying anything to Jonathan Trott it would be his batting isn't what it was of old. He's on the move before the bowler bowls and that's not good. You're supposed to be still so your eyes are focusing. He's moving and playing across the line which is a recipe for disaster against the new ball with tougher tests to come.

"If he is going to open for England he's going to have to sort that. My gut feeling is the selectors look at his record in the past, are short of opener, and with the captain under a little bit of pressure because Trott's a banker because he's played Test cricket. They will go with him again in Barbados - his main examination will come in England this summer."

Captains' reaction

England captain Alastair Cook: "It was a slow wicket, so to get 20 wickets was a great tribute to our attitude and character. It's all about putting the ball in the right area - credit to Jimmy, what an outstanding spell that was. I can't fault the lads at all today. The way Joe Root played, him and Gary Ballance are taking run-making to a new level and it's great to see. It's been a lot of hard work and we've got our rewards today."

England celebrate
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Captains' reaction

West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin: "We fought hard but that one session where we lost six wickets really cost us the Test match. That spell from James Anderson this morning really took it away from us. Brathwaite batted well but it would be good if he could have gone on. It's hard to take - four days of hard cricket and we lost it all in one session. England had the conditions in their favour. Jason Holder has a slight injury but hopefully he can be back for Barbados."

Man of the match

Joe Root
AFP

England batsman Joe Root is named man of the match.

He says: "It feels a lot better having the win behind us. The way we've applied ourselves over the five days has been great, we've been ruthless and it gives is impetus for the summer. There's so many positives for s to take and we're all champing at the bit to get out there in Barbados.

"I remember the feeling of being left out and I never want to have that feeling again so whenever I get the chance I try to be greedy and aspire to get big scores."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

James Anderson
Reuters

"It was a terrific effort by James Anderson. England needed two wickets with the new ball and got three. The one Anderson got Braithwaite with was an absolute rip snorter. He's a crackerjack bowler. After that he bowled one or two more and it got West Indies on the back foot. He got Marlon Samuels and then Shiv Chanderpaul, who is batting for his career now. After West Indies got three down they played some really poor cricket when they were trying to save the game."

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Sunday Times cricket correspondent Simon Wilde: That must rank as one of England's best wins of recent times and Anderson's morning session as one of the best by any England player.

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Paul Cooper: Well, well, well, didn't see that coming at the start of play, just shows how much one good session can change a game.

Rachel T: That is an early birthday present for me. England bossed it all day long, great for Cook to see it through.

Alastair Cook uproots a stump and salutes the England balcony, fist clenched. The skipper looks like he's derived a huge amount of personal satisfaction from seeing that one through to the close.

It didn't look likely for England this morning, but one good/bad session can turn a Test match. West Indies collapsed this morning in the face of a superb spell of fast bowling by James Anderson. The door was prised ajar, and Cook and Gary Ballance strolled through it.

Alastair Cook
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Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"You can see from the celebrations this win means a lot to England's players. I suspect they will enjoy this evening - it's been a hard-fought victory and they are probably the ones you enjoy most."

Alastair Cook and team-mate Gary Ballance celebrate
AFP

Final scorecard

England 144-1 (41.1 overs) won by nine wickets

Not out batsmen: Cook 59, Ballance 81

Fall of wickets: 2-1 (Trott 0)

Bowling figures: Roach 7-1-18-0, Gabriel 7-3-20-1, Holder 1.4-0-11-0, Samuels 12.3-0-54-0, Bishoo 8-0-32-0, Brathwaite 5-1-9-0

West Indies 2nd innings: 307 all out (Brathwaite 116; Anderson 4-43)

First innings: West Indies 299; England 464

Match scorecard

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Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Brilliant from England! It look like a bore draw, but Jimmy Anderson changed it around with a match-winning performance. They played superbly today and I'm pleased as punch for them."

Champagne moment

England beat West Indies by 9 wickets

That's it! Gary Ballance, who has batted superbly for the second time in this match, cuts Marlon Samuels behind square for four and England can celebrate.

That is England's first away Test win since they beat India in Kolkata in December 2012. It's been a long time coming...

Eng 140-1

Gary Ballance takes England within three...

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I wonder if Joe Root can have a giggle about James Anderson's run out now, given Anderson virtually won England the match this morning."

Eng 137-1 (Cook 59, Ballance 74)

The end is nigh. Gary Ballance bludgeons Marlon Samuels over the rope at midwicket. England one blow away...

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"This is what is called right-arm optimistic from Kraigg Brathwaite."

Eng 130-1 (target 143)

Denesh Ramdin might just have stumbled on something here. Kraigg Brathwaite has really troubled Alastair Cook in his spell - this time Ramdin nearly stumps him when he overbalances attempting a sweep. Cook responds by pulling for four through midwicket.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It's been a great day for England. Eight wickets for just under 100 runs and then chase down 140 - as simple as that. If you offered England the option of not having three quarters of their match fee for this scenario they'd have probably all taken it"

Dropped catch

Eng 126-1

Devon Smith - playing the first ever Test match by a Grenadan on Grenadan soil - has had an absolute shocker. Two cheap dismissals and some butterfingered work in the slips. The latest episode in his personal horror show is a drop off a thick edge from Gary Ballance off Marlon Samuels. Samuels laughs it off, which for a man with only 38 Test wickets, is charitable.

Eng 126-1 (Cook 55, Ballance 67)

Going through the motions now. The game is up. Brathwaite hasn't given too many freebies - a single is all England muster of his latest over.

Eng 125-1 (target 143)

Trying to stop these England batsmen with the part-time spin of Marlon Samuels - Test strike rate in excess of 100 - is like trying to stop a steamroller with a pop-gun. Ballance shaves a further three runs off the rapidly dwindling deficit.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I hope this gives England confidence to go and win in four days in Barbados. There's been a lot of stress for the players after the World Cup. I know it's a different game but England as a team would have felt it. I hope the players raise their game even further than this and win really well."

Eng 122-1

Brathwaite continues. Ballance sweeps for a single.

How's stat?

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"Gary Ballance is the third fastest player to a 1,000 runs for England. It's taken him just 17 innings.

"Herbert Sutcliffe took 12 and Len Hutton 16 but he's ahead of Wally Hammond (18), Andrew Strauss (19) and David Gower (20) among others."

Gary Ballance
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Eng 121-1 (Cook 55, Ballance 62)

I don't think we're going to see Bishoo again - he's being patched up on the boundary rope as Samuels continues to send down some tweak. Ballance sweeps to go 1,000 Test runs, then Cook cuts Samuels streakily over the slips for four.

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Keenos: So Gary Ballance or Joe Root, which one should make way for KP?

Eng 116-1 (target 143)

West Indies have given this up, you sense, and have turned to a bit of experimentation now - part-time offie Kraigg Brathwaite gets a bowl. It's not a bad set at all - the second ball absolutely does Cook, lucky not to get a feather behind. A maiden.

50 for Cook

Eng 116-1

The skipper knocks Marlon Samuels to mid-off and now it's his turn to raise his bat for fifty, his fifth half-century in eight innings. England on Easy Street now.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Gary Ballance doesn't have a huge range of shots but he knows his game and his limitations. He's mentally strong and is a good player. It's very hard to shake him from his comfort zone."

50 for Ballance

Eng 111-1

Gary Ballance goes to his fifty and brings up the 100 partnership with a remarkable shot, a bended-knee slap in front of square on the off-side. The Yorkshireman, brimming with the confidence of a man averaging 66 in Test cricket, piles on the punishment with a cheeky uppercut over the slip cordon. England breaking into a canter as the finish line looms.

Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance
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Scorecard update

England 101-1 (30 overs) - target 143 (from maximum of 59 overs)

Batsmen: Cook 49 (95 balls, six fours), Ballance 48 (83 balls, five fours, one six)

Fall of wickets: 2-1 (Trott 0)

Bowling figures: Roach 7-1-18-0, Gabriel 6-3-10-1, Holder 1.4-0-11-0, Samuels 7.2-0-30-0, Bishoo 8-0-32-0

West Indies 2nd innings: 307 all out (Brathwaite 116; Anderson 4-43)

First innings: West Indies 299; England 464

Match scorecard

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Eng 101-1 (Cook 49, Ballance 48)

It's like an episode of General Hospital in the West Indies camp at the moment. Jerome Taylor has a shoulder injury, Jason Holder has ankle ligament damage and now it looks like spinner Devendra Bishoo has a problem with his finger. Real selection problems for Phil Simmons ahead of the Barbados Test.

Gary Ballance, a man who does tend to mix nuggety defence with occasional spurts of aggression, reduces the deficit by lofting Marlon Samuels back over his head for a clean-as-a-whistle six and then cutting him for four behind point.

Gary Ballance
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Eng 90-1 (target 143)

Gabriel keeps pounding in, he's bowled with good pace and endeavour in this match but he hasn't really carried the same threat as the absent Jerome Taylor. Cook blocks out another maiden.