Cottrell, Hetmyer lead Windies to victory

PUMPED UP: Shimron Hetmyer of West Indies celebrates after reaching his century against England in the second ODI at Barbados. AFP

Sheldon Cottrell marked his return to the West Indies team with a five-wicket haul as the home side snatched a series-levelling 26-run victory over England in the second one-day international of a five-match series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Friday.

Dropped for the curtain-raiser two days earlier where the English cantered to a six-wicket win in a high-scoring fixture, the Jamaican left-arm fast bowler returned figures of five for 46 as the top-ranked visitors lost their last six wickets for 35 runs to be dismissed for 263 in response to what looked a comparatively modest West Indies total of 289 for six.

Shimron Hetmyer's unbeaten 104 gave a labouring West Indies innings late impetus when they batted first but it looked to be in vain with England seeming to have the match well in control at 228 for four in the 40th over with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler entrenched.

Earlier Cottrell had an immediate impact with the ball when he removed openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy, man-of-the-match in the first ODI, in his first two overs.

He also accounted for England captain Eoin Morgan for a well-played 70, although it seemed at that stage the tourists' batting depth was more than enough to take them to the target.

For all of Cottrell's heroics, it was Jason Holder who turned the match on its head with ten overs left.

He had Stokes caught behind for a top score of 79 and then removed Buttler in his next over.

Tom Curran, who had replaced Chris Woakes for this match, looked desperately unlucky to be adjudged leg-before to the first delivery he faced from the West Indies captain but he had no recourse to the television technology as Stokes had wasted the review just minutes earlier.

Cottrell then tightened the West Indies' grip with the wickets of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali before Liam Plunkett found Holder's bucket-like hands at long-off as he attempted to heave Carlos Brathwaite beyond the boundary rope.

Ealier in the day it was Hetmyer's impetuous aggression which gave the West Indies a measure of respectability to the final score after they were put in.

His third ODI hundred occupied 83 deliveries and was embellished by four sixes and seven fours, the last of the boundary hits taking him to the three-figure landmark in the final over bowled by Stokes.

After his hundred on Wednesday anchored the West Indies to 360 for eight, Chris Gayle was off to a slow start but eventually reached 50 before being bowled by Rashid.

 

 

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