England defeat West Indeis by nine wickets
England defeated West Indies by nine wickets in the final one-day international of the five-match series at the Ageas Bowl here yesterday. Chasing 289 to win, the English raced to 294 for one with 12 overs to spare.
Earlier, A late flourish from debutant Sunil Ambris and tail-ender Ashley Nurse pushed West Indies up to a competitive 288 for six off their 50 overs.
Sent in, the Windies got a top score of 72 from the stylish Shai Hope, while talismanic opener Chris Gayle slammed an aggressive 40 and Ambris, 38 not out.
danger of stalling
Kyle Hope chipped in with 33, veteran Marlon Samuels got 32, while Nurse produced a cameo unbeaten 31.
When Shai Hope departed in the 44th over, however, the Windies were in danger of stalling at 221 for five in the 44th over.
But Ambris arrived to strike four fours in a busy 27-ball knock, adding 32 for the sixth wicket with Rovman Powell (11) before putting on a further 35 with Nurse in an unbroken seventh wicket partnership.
Nurse was imperious in his 12-ball cameo, belting three fours and two sixes.
The left-handed Gayle had earlier provided the fireworks with a four and five sixes off 29 balls as he added 52 for the first wicket with Kyle Hope.
Once he holed out to mid-off in the eighth over, the Windies momentum slowed even though the Hope brothers put on 34 for the second wicket and Shai and Samuels added 57 for the third wicket.
Shai, who stroked four boundaries in a polished 95-ball innings, posted another 52 for the fourth wicket with stand-in captain Jason Mohammed (25) before picking out Sam Billings on the deep cover boundary with the charge on in the 44th over.
Pacer Liam Plunkett was the best bowler with two for 54.