Cook Ton Leads England to One-Day Series Win Against West Indies

West Indies Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo of the West Indies celebrates after dismissing Ian Bell of England during the 1st Natwest One Day International match between England and West Indies at Ageas Bowl on June 16, 2012 in Southampton, England. Photographer: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Captain Alastair Cook struck a century to lead England to an eight-wicket win against West Indies in the second one-day cricket international today and an unbeatable 2-0 series lead.

The opener scored 112, his fifth one-day ton for England, as the hosts reached their victory target with five overs remaining at the Oval in London.

Ian Bell hit 53 and Jonathan Trott 43 not out as England finished on 239-2, in response to West Indies’ 238-9. Ravi Bopara was unbeaten on 19.

England remains unbeaten against West Indies this summer following a 2-0 Test series victory, and a 114-run win in a rain-shortened one-day match at the Rose Bowl in Southampton three days ago.

Cook hit 14 boundaries in his 120-ball innings, including a six off the ball before he was out. As he attempted to repeat the shot he lofted the ball to Lendl Simmons off Darren Sammy’s bowling.

Earlier, Dwayne Bravo led the visitors with 77 runs and Chris Gayle scored 53. Gayle had 5 sixes and his departure slowed down the Windies’ attack.

James Anderson’s 2-38 led the English bowling attack, with Stuart Broad 2-43.

The game has been overshadowed by the death yesterday of Tom Maynard, an Oval-based Surrey and England Lions batsman. He was hit by a train in southwest London.

The three-match series concludes on June 22 at Headingley in Leeds on June 22, with a Twenty20 game two days later at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

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