Player of the Match
Player of the Match

45 | 2 Runs | ENG: 239/2 | RR: 5.31

  • RS Bopara19 (19b)
  • IJL Trott43 (68b)
  • KA Pollard3-0-10-0
  • SP Narine10-1-54-0

6.25pm: Do you want the good news or the bad news? Jonathan Trott now has the sixth-highest career average of any batsman in ODIs. However, his strike-rate has slipped below 77 - to 76.99, in fact. Anyway, time for the presentations ...

West Indies captain, Darren Sammy: "We didn't score enough runs. At the end of the day you need runs on the board to defend. As long as we put on a partnership we kept losing wickets, which set us back. We wanted 280, we know the Oval wicket is a good one ... It's alway hard to ask the lower order to try and get runs. We didn't bowl our lines and lengths consistently enough but they played well on a good wicket. We'll look at the last game, we have two batsmen and two bowlers and we'll probably give them a run. We know cricket isn't played on paper, it's played out in the middle. You have to go out and perform and we haven't done that."

England captain and Man of the Match, Alastair Cook: "Really good win under some tricky circumstances. The bowlers set it up well and we came through. Both games everyone one contributed. Twice we were put under pressure today but we came back well and those last ten overs made it a pretty comfortable score to get. As a bowler you've got to keep plugging away against someone like Chris Gayle and hope he makes a mistake. As a team, we look pretty comfortable with four seamers in there. The pitch suited us, it's quite hard to stop the scoring if you get in. We knew that if we got a good start we should get it. It's nice to score some runs, I haven't hit the ball as well as I'd like this summer, so to get a hundred in a match-winning performance is good."

Right, that's your lot from us. Not a classic today but it took the mind off the sadness no doubt still keenly felt at The Oval. Thanks for your comments - they were the jam on England's rather stodgy scone; good job we had a can of Red Bull to start the day in the form of Chris Gayle's batting. We'll be back for more of the same for the third ODI on Friday. See you then ... Ta ra!

6.15pm: So, 2-0 up with one to play, England have made sure of the series win - their sixth such victory at home in a row, going back to 2009. This was a low-key match, for obvious reasons, but Alastair Cook's side were as motivated as ever in pursuit of victory; West Indies couldn't match their levels of commitment and application and, while no one had their socks thrilled off, the run chase was about as comfortable and professional as they come. Again the bowlers stuck to their plans, despite the best efforts of a bellicose Chris Gayle on his international return and West Indies' 238 was probably 30-40 below par. Cook scored a ton - the sixth English opener to do so in a row - and we got to enjoy(?) watching Trotty at his passive-aggressive best en route to victory. From being billed as favourites for the ODI series, West Indies have sadly underwhelmed again.

Pollard to Bopara, 1 run, and Bopara doesn't muck around, dabbing another quick single to mid-on - that's it, England have won by eight wickets and seal the three-match series
Pollard to Trott, 1 run, here we go, Trott nudging short of mid-on and (at last) they scamper one

"Do you guys have to moan that it's boring/slow/sleepwalking/losing the plot every time England go a few overs without a boundary? It is legal to score in singles and twos you know, and it's not 'bad cricket' or boring either. It's just not T20." I didn't say it was bad cricket, Phil Evans ... but it is definitely boring

England 2nd innings Partnerships

1st122IR BellAN Cook
2nd81IJL TrottAN Cook
3rd36IJL TrottRS Bopara