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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Mediocre batting coupled with a devastating new ball spell from seamer James Anderson combined to help West Indies squander a position of strength and slide to a heavy nine-wicket defeat to England in the second Test here Saturday.

Resuming the final day at the Grenada National Stadium on 202 for two – a lead of 37 runs overall – West Indies spectacularly lost their last eight wickets for 105 runs, to be all out for an insufficient 307, 35 minutes after lunch.

Set a meagre 143 for victory, England overcame the early loss of Jonathan Trott, to coast to their target with little or no complication.

Left-hander Gary Ballance sustained his good series form finishing on 81 not out – his second half- century of the game – while captain Alistair Cook followed suit with a knock of 59 not out, to also post his second 50-plus score of the encounter.

Following the drawn first Test in Antigua last week, the visitors will now take a 1-0 series lead into the third and final contest bowling off at Kensington Oval in Barbados next Friday.
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