Collingwood stars as England win

BRISTOL: Paul Collingwood enjoyed himself with both bat and ball as England cruised to a six-wicket win over the West Indies in the second one-day international here on Sunday. Victory, achieved with 14 overs left, gave England an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the three-match series following Thursday’s washout at Headingley.

A win was all but assured for England when, after captain Andrew Strauss won the toss, they bowled out the West Indies for just 160 inside 39 overs. Stuart Broad led the way with 4-46, including the first two and the last two, while medium-pacer Collingwood took 3-16. Collingwood’s haul included top scorer and fellow all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, out for 50 following his stint in the Indian Premier League.

England lost opener Strauss cheaply before a stand of 76 between Owais Shah (38) and man-of-the-match Collingwood (47 not out) saw them to the brink of victory. Ex-Ireland international Eoin Morgan was two not out on his England debut.

Broad removed both opener Lendl Simmons and Ramnaresh Sarwan for ducks. Simmons was lbw on the backfoot and Sarwan caught behind off an uncertain push. West Indies captain Chris Gayle, who’d seen his side thrashed twice during their preceding 2-0 Test series loss in England, tried to counter-attack and lofted Graeme Swann’s first ball for six. But the off-spinner had the last laugh, bowling Gayle for 31 with his next. Bravo and the experienced Shivnarine Chanderpaul took the score from 44-3 to 107-4 when the latter was out to a top-edged pull off seamer Tim Bresnan.

Collingwood was not the worst bowler to be operating on a green-tinged pitch and he started his wicket-taking burst by ending Bravo’s brisk innings with a delivery

which nipped back. He then had Denesh Ramdin lbw and, after Jerome Taylor was run out, bowled Kieron Pollard middle stump. Broad came back to end the innings by dismissing tailenders Sulieman Benn and Ravi Rampaul. The series concludes at Edgbaston on Tuesday.