England v West Indies: Hosts cruise home in Lord's Test

By Tom FordyceChief sports writer, BBC Sport
Ian Bell
Ian Bell
First Test, Lord's, day five:
England 398 & 193-5 beat West Indies 243 & 345 by five wickets
Match scorecard

England wrapped up a five-wicket victory in the first Test as a stand of 132 between Alastair Cook and Ian Bell saw off an early West Indies charge.

When Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen both went cheaply inside the first hour on the fifth day, a further 134 were needed and there was a genuine sense that an almighty upset might just come off.

But Cook's classy, unhurried 79 and Bell's 63 not out blunted the attack and then brought the target of 191 rapidly within reach as the shine went off the new ball.

Cook fell with just two needed but Bell punched away the winning runs alongside debutant Jonny Bairstow to seal victory midway through the afternoon session.

England will now take a 1-0 series lead into the second Test at Trent Bridge on Friday having been made to work far harder for the honour than almost all had expected.

With England resuming on 10-2 this morning - still 181 short of victory - West Indies came out in search of an early breakthrough, and found one when Trott pushed nervously at Kemar Roach and was caught at second slip for 13.

Pietersen marched in swinging his arms and began aggressively while Cook dropped anchor, the opener going 27 deliveries with just one scoring shot.

Pietersen pulled Shannon Gabriel through midwicket for four, but then tried to do the same to a fuller one next ball and succeeded only in edging behind for an inauspicious 13.

It left England 57-4 and thoughts began to turn to a similar run-chase at Lord's 12 years ago when England, needing 188 to beat a more illustrious West Indies side, had sunk deep into the mire before squeaking home by two wickets.

The difference here was the quality of the bowling. While that England line-up had to face Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose, the current Caribbean quicks had neither the accuracy nor menace of their predecessors.

Runs came at pace, the pitch as flat as it had been all match and the ball doing nothing through the air once the shine had been dulled.

Marlon Samuels's gentle spin and Darren Sammy's medium pace could not match the threat of Roach's opening spell, and Cook and Bell were able to accumulate with increasing ease.

England scored 121 runs in the morning session, and with every boundary the initial pressure lifted a little more.

Cook was happy to cut and drive, while Bell displayed his usual extensive range of shots as they closed in rapidly after lunch.

Cook was disappointed to fall just short of the finishing line, looking to slap Sammy away for the match-winning boundary but edging to Kirk Edwards at gully.

It changed nothing. Bell clipped Samuels through midwicket for four and England were home.

To compound West Indies' misery, captain Sammy was fined 80% of his match fee for a slow over-rate and each of his players 40%.

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