• Cottrell five-for crushes England

    Sheldon Cottrell took five England wickets for just 46 runs as the West Indies defended a target of 290 runs in the second ODI at Bridgetown, writes SIMON LEWIS.

    The result levels the series at 1-1 after England’s relatively easy run chase in the first ODI, where they hunted down the Windies’ imposing target of 361 with eight balls in hand.

    The 29-year-old Cottrell was playing in just his seventh ODI and returned his maiden ODI five-for (5-46) off just nine overs.

    The left-arm fast-medium bowler was backed up by skipper Jason Holder’s superb 3-53, the pair knocking over seven of the first eight England batsmen.

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    The West Indies made a slow start to their innings and were three down with 121 runs on the board at the start of the 26th over when Shimron Hetmyer made his way to the crease.

    Playing in only his 22nd ODI, the left-hander played an astonishing innings to score his fourth ODI century, hammering an undefeated 104 off 83 balls (S/R 125.30). Half of Hetmyer’s runs came in boundaries, with seven fours and four sixes as he scored the bulk of the runs to lift the Windies to 289-5 off their 50 overs.

    Skipper Eoin Morgan scored 70 (83 balls, 5×4, 3×6), and Ben Stokes (79 off 85 balls, 7×4, 2×6) added 99 runs for the fourth wicket as England’s run chase had the visitors well on course for a 2-0 series lead.

    Holder knocked over Stokes, Jos Buttler and Tom Curran, while Cottrell accounted for Morgan, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid as the home side (ranked nine on the ICC’s ODI rankings) carved through the No 1-ranked ODI side. England’s last six wickets fell for just 35 runs as England crashed to a surprising 26-run loss.

    The win will be a huge boost for the West Indies after suffering a bitter blow by losing the first ODI to an astonishing batting display by England, the team pulling off the highest run chase in their ODI history.

    Clearly, the West Indies are back in a big way, and with Gayle and Holder firing and the rest of the bowlers and batsmen all working their magic, they might just be the surprise team of the 2019 World Cup.


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