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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 August, 2004, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK
England wrap up easy win
Second Test, Edgbaston, day four: England 566-9d & 248 beat West Indies 336 & 222 by 256 runs

A Giles
Giles has been in simply electric form in the last two Tests

England rode high on the back of another match-winning performance by rejuvenated spinner Ashley Giles to win the second Test against West Indies.

They won by 256 runs at Edgbaston, with Giles taking 5-57 for a stunning match haul of 9-122, to add to his 9-210 in the first Test victory at Lord's.

By gaining a 2-0 lead in the series, England retained the Wisden Trophy.

Chris Gayle had a fine day in a losing cause, taking 5-34 as England were all out for 248 and then hitting 82.

But his deeds were eclipsed by Giles, who became the first English spinner since Tony Lock in 1958 to get at least nine wickets in two successive Tests.

The day began with England on 148-3 and looking for quick runs since their lead was already worth an imposing 378.

Marcus Trescothick and Graham Thorpe duly wasted no time in getting some momentum going.

Trescothick moved to 96 with a cover-drive for four off Gayle and a similar shot off the quick bowler Jermaine Lawson brought him his century. He was the first man in 40 Edgbaston Tests to record tons in both innings of a match.

Chris Gayle
Gayle had a tremendous day, his team-mates did not

However before the first half-hour was out, Trescothick had departed, beaten by a direct hit from the deep by Ramnaresh Sarwan as he dived for the crease.

Lawson and Gayle bowled the whole of the first session unchanged and between them they then managed to bowl out the rest of the home team.

Thorpe hit two consummate fours in one Lawson over but was then stumped off Gayle for 54.

Lawson bowled Geraint Jones through the gate, and Andrew Flintoff, after offering a mere glimpse of his attacking prowess with a six and a four off Lawson, gave Gayle his second wicket of the morning with a lobbed catch to mid-wicket.

The spinner then added to his tally by polishing off the tail with the wickets of Giles, Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard for a Test-best haul.

West Indies did not make the best of starts as they began an improbable run chase. Hoggard had Devon Smith caught at first slip cheaply, and Giles added the vital scalps of Ramnaresh Sarwan and Brian Lara.

Sarwan came tentatively forward to offer a bat-pad chance to silly point, gleefully accepted by a leaping Andrew Strauss.

Then Lara was ajudged, perhaps wrongly, to have got an inside edge on a drive which went off his pad straight to first slip.

Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul put on 71 for the fourth wicket before the left-handed Chanderpaul was given out lbw to Giles soon after tea, playing no shot outside the off stump.

The floodgates were open and the collapse duly ensued.

Dwayne Bravo was clean bowled by Giles for the second time in the match, Gayle gave a bat-pad catch off the same bowler, and Hoggard added the wickets of Ridley Jacobs and Pedro Collins.

Finally, Anderson returned for a second spell to clean up Corey Collymore and Lawson, both bowled, and the familiar celebrations could start.

England: M E Trescothick, A J Strauss, R W T Key, M P Vaughan (capt), G P Thorpe, A Flintoff, G O Jones, A F Giles, M J Hoggard, S J Harmison, J Anderson.

West Indies: C H Gayle, D S Smith, R R Sarwan, B C Lara, S Chanderpaul, D J J Bravo, R D Jacobs, O A C Banks, C Collymore, P T Collins, J Lawson.

Umpires: DB Hair, SJA Taufel.

Report: BBC Sport's Jonathan Agnew

Interview: Andrew Flintoff

Interview: Brian Lara


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