Cook and Bell lead England to win
England cruised to victory over West Indies at the Oval this afternoon to win the one-day series with a game to spare.
The stars of the show for the hosts were Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, who shared a 122-run opening partnership to get the England batting response off to the perfect start. Cook made 112 before being caught by Lendl Simmons, while Bell hit 53 before being caught by Darren Sammy. Dwayne Bravo had wowed spectators with 77 off his 82 balls, but aside from his exploits and 53 from Chris Gayle and 41 from Kieron Pollard, the West Indies were unable to establish a decent figure. They left England needing to find just 239 runs to win the match, which they did with eight wickets still intact and 30 balls remaining. Following the convincing series win over the Windies, England will now turn their attentions to the upcoming one-day series against Australia. The Aussies will warm up for the matches with games against Leicestershire, Essex and Ireland.