Batsman Shimron Hetmyer’s superb century and fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell’s telling five-wicket haul powered the West Indies to a comfortable 26-run victory over England in Friday’s second ODI at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Hetmyer’s 104 not out from 83 deliveries was lined with seven fours and a quartet of sixes – and pushed the hosts to a final total of 289 for six. Opener Chris Gayle had earlier gathered an uncharacteristically slow half-century from 63 balls.
The tourists were later limited to an insufficient 263 all out, with Cottrell the chief wicket-taker en route to a key haul of five for 46 in nine overs. Cottrell was well supported by fellow new-ball bowler Jason Holder, who contributed three important dismissals.
Captain Eoin Morgan and all-rounder Ben Stokes reached 70 and 79, respectively, but were not able to convert to Hetmyer-esque heights.
Sunday’s result left the five-match series squared, after the visitors won the first ODI by six wickets despite a six-laden century from Gayle. English opener Jason Roy and Test skipper Joe Root also struck tons.
The third ODI will be played at the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada, on Monday. The West Indies and England will also meet for three T20Is next month.