2nd Test, Nottingham, May 25-28 2012, West Indies tour of England
370 & 165
(30.4 ov, target 108)
428 & 111/1
England won by 9 wickets
Player Of The Match
• The Report by David Hopps

Nine-wicket win gives England series

England won their seventh successive home series as they made stately work of their target of 108 to win the second Test at Trent Bridge

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
West Indies370(109.2 overs)1st Innings
Marlon Samuels*117 (261)
Daren Sammy106 (156)
Tim Bresnan4/104(27)
Graeme Swann2/62(20.2)
England428(123.4 overs)1st Innings
West Indies165(60.1 overs)2nd Innings
James Anderson4/43(20.1)
Tim Bresnan4/37(17)
England111/1(30.4 overs)2nd Innings

5.15pm: Right, that's it from us today. For England it's job done with one to play, while West Indies are still dragging themselves up the learning curve. We'll be back to mark both cards once again in a week and a half's time. Cheerio until then.

4.45pm: David Hopps' report is in. I've not read it but I'm sure it's a bona fide beaut, as always. Presentations coming up ...

Medallions to the match referee and umpires. Asad Rauf has got his shades on, as ever.

West Indies captain, Darren Sammy, on losing tight contests: "It's been affecting us for the last year ... We're not learning and something has to be done. I think we have to be more focused, keep working hard and put a higher price on our wickets. On the third day England were looking at a 200 lead but we fought back. But when it's out turn to bat we don't really put a high price on our wickets ... It's up to the board and the selectors [to make changes], we have a squad of 16 and we have to see what happens. Marlon has through a lot and gained a lot of experience over the years, coming from India, a different format, his form has been excellent and I hope it continues. The team needed both Marlon and I to get 150 and we didn't but I have a good feeling about my batting. We've been doing some good stuff [under Ottis Gibson] but we're not getting successes. We've been good in patches ... The fans have been patient for 15 years."

England captain, Andrew Strauss: "We're obviously delighted to get over the line in this match, it was hard work at times. We got ourselves in positions were we thoguht we could take the game by the scruff of the neck but West Indies fought back ... It's been a hot hard four days. You always like to be more clinical than we have been but, having said that, it makes us feel pretty good to have got over the line. We had a good session last night and that put on us on the way but we still had to take the wickets this morning and knock off the runs. We're going to have to take stock, have a look at the bowlers, see how everyone feels before the third Test. We'll see about that over the next couple of days. There's always some benefit in seeing other bowlers but first and foremost we want to win the Test match. [Tim Bresnan] was fantastic, he proved what a contributor he is to the side. He's a good all-round circketer and he certainly showed his worth in this Test. I felt a bit freer out in the middle, I guess, no demons in the mind. It's nice to get two hundreds in a row, hopefully I can make it a third."

Man of the Match (and with 13 Test wins out of 13), Tim Bresnan, who enjoyed a successful outing at Trent Bridge against India last summer: "I've enjoyed the two Tests here immensely. I think at the back of your mind it gives you a bit of confidence. It was a key session last night ... It's one of those things [reverse swing] that it takes you a while to master it. I wouldn't say I'm there yet. Jimmy's a master with the old ball ... But it goes back to tours of the subcontinent, with the Lions, and working hard for your wickets. Every time you play I think you've always got someone over your shoulder. I just want to continue to play, continue to improve and contribute to the team."

4.35pm: Victory means England will keep the No. 1 Test ranking ahead of the visit of South Africa later this summer. It's also England's seventh consecutive series victory at home ... but we all know who the last team to beat them were. (South Africa in 2008, if you were wondering.) England also retain the Wisden Trophy and will probably think about rest and rotation for the third Test, starting at Edgbaston on June 7. Barring the evening session on Sunday, the teams were again pretty closely matched but England patrol their manor pretty relentlessly these days and the bowlers again enforced home rule by blowing away West Indies top six for spit. Thereafter, it was pretty academic, though Marlon Samuels further burnished his reputation on this tour with another innings simmering with controlled aggression. The bedtime story for the tourists, once again, is So Near, So Far.

Samuels to Trott, 4 runs
down the leg side and nudges fine, that's going to run away for four ... so that means England win by nine wickets and seal the series, 2-0 up with one to play
Samuels to Trott, no run
drags this short, stays back and cuts but straight to point
Samuels to Trott, no run
length ball, pushed across, dabbed short of point but they aren't going to chance it now
Samuels to Trott, no run
round the wicket, gives it some air, Trott drives to cover

Right, Samuels to Trott. Who's going to blink? Samuels taking his time over the delivery ...

end of over 304 runs
ENG: 107/1CRR: 3.56 
Sir Alastair Cook43 (86)
Jonathan Trott13 (23)
Shane Shillingford8-1-28-0
Marlon Samuels5-0-14-1
Shillingford to Cook, no run
tossed up on the stumps, nudged to midwicket

"Are we there yet?" chorus the kids in the back seat. No

Shillingford to Trott, 3 runs
tossed up on off, Trott leans out and clips through midwicket, Bravo gives chase ... and the scores are now tied
Shillingford to Trott, no run
flighted outside off, defended on the back foot
Shillingford to Trott, no run
full and Trott gets forward in defence
Shillingford to Trott, no run
tossed up and driven to mid-off
Shillingford to Cook, 1 run
worked from in front of the pad through midwicket for another one

"I wonder if John's reference is to the same WI side that earlier in 2009 had won a test series against England?" pipes Joel. Touche, I think the word is

end of over 294 runs
ENG: 103/1CRR: 3.55 
Jonathan Trott10 (19)
Sir Alastair Cook42 (84)
Marlon Samuels5-0-14-1
Shane Shillingford7-1-24-0
Samuels to Trott, no run
round the wicket, pushed across the batsman, no stroke
Samuels to Trott, no run
flighted, spinning in, Trott shuffles across and tucks his bat out of the way
Samuels to Trott, FOUR runs
bit of width, stays back and chops another four through cover-point
Samuels to Trott, no run
outside the line of off and pushed towards cover
Samuels to Trott, no run
length ball, leaves this one alone
Samuels to Trott, no run
tossed up outside off, skids through to the keeper

"Cook and Trott to see England over the line by tea tomorrow," chortles Jag

end of over 284 runs
ENG: 99/1CRR: 3.53 
Jonathan Trott6 (13)
Sir Alastair Cook42 (84)
Shane Shillingford7-1-24-0
Marlon Samuels4-0-10-1

Getting there, getting there ...

Shillingford to Trott, 1 run
plays back to one that spins in and nudges behind square on the leg side
Shillingford to Cook, 1 run
full and on off stump, turned through leg from in front of his pads
Best performances - batsmen
AJ Strauss
141 runs (303)
22 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
35 runs
7 fours
0 sixes
MN Samuels
117 runs (261)
16 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
51 runs
7 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
TT Bresnan
JM Anderson
Match details
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
TossWest Indies , elected to bat first
SeriesWest Indies tour of England
Player Of The Match
Tim Bresnan
Series resultEngland led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2044
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days25,26,27,28 May 2012 (5-day match)
Asad Rauf
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Neil Mallender
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama