Unbeaten half-centuries from England captain Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance propelled the visitors to a convincing nine-wicket victory over the West Indies just minutes ago at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada.
Set a target of 143 after the West Indies were dismissed for 307 runs in their second innings, Cook, who finished on 59 and Ballance who scored 81, put on 142 in a second-wicket partnership to carry England to 144 for the loss of one wicket and take a 1-0 lead in the three match series.
The two came together after Jonathan Trott had been bowled by fast bowler Shannon Gabriel with just two runs on the board.
However, Cook and Ballance ensured they would be no further scares along the way, as they easily guided England to victory.
To make things worse for the West Indies, fast bowler Jason Holder had to be stretchered off the field after sustaining what appears to be an ankle injury while bowling in the second innings.
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