Giles spins England to another victory

LONDON, Reuters

Spinner Ashley Giles took five wickets as England crushed West Indies by 210 runs in the first test on Monday, their seventh victory in eight tests.

Giles completed match figures of nine for 210 to help dismiss the touring side for 267 in their second innings, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul left unbeaten on 97 after his second defiant knock of the game.

Giles had struck the crucial blow in the morning session when West Indies captain Brian Lara was bowled for 44 by a delivery which spun sharply out of the foot holes, the slow left armer’s 100th test wicket.

Debutant Dwayne Bravo (10) then gave Giles a simple return catch and four balls later seamer Matthew Hoggard tempted Ridley Jacobs (one) to edge a catch to Graham Thorpe in the slips.

Man-of-the-match Giles had Tino Best and Pedro Collins stumped to complete second-innings figures of five for 81, and with Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff grabbing a wicket each England polished off the tail quickly.

Chanderpaul, who made 128 not out in the first innings, farmed the bowling in the latter stages but was left three runs short of emulating England captain Michael Vaughan by scoring a century in each innings.

England beat West Indies 3-0 earlier this year, their first series win in the Caribbean since 1968, and completed a 3-0 victory over New Zealand on home soil last month.

They remain in second place in the ICC test championship behind Australia.