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Opener Trescothick leads England past West Indies squad

AP , BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS

Marcus Trescothick blazed 82 runs to catapult England to a comfortable five-wicket victory against West Indies in the seventh one-day cricket international at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Wednesday.

Opener Trescothick and fellow left-hander Andrew Strauss laid the platform for England's total of 262 for five off 47.2 overs to level the seven-match series 2-2 and complete its two-month tour.

The West Indies scored 261-6 in 50 overs, seeking to claim the Cable & Wireless Trophy outright, but England got to return home on a high by winning at the same venue it secured a historic test series victory 3-0 a month before. England won a Caribbean test series for the first time since 1968.

Trescothick launched England's victory charge on Wednesday by blasting 12 fours and a six in only 57 balls.

After losing skipper Michael Vaughan in the sixth over, unlucky to be given out caught behind off Ravi Rampaul for 14, Trescothick powered England to 111-1 after 15 overs, while the field was in.

He and Strauss cracked a second-wicket stand of 87 off 68 balls, and Trescothick seemed set to notch his second century of the series until he fell to Chris Gayle's offspin and was stumped by Ridley Jacobs.

After Strauss was out in the 38th over, after a more circumspect 66, England completed 40 overs needing only 38 off 60 balls, and could afford to hit 13 successive singles over five overs.

Paul Collingwood (46 not out) and Chris Read (23 not out) added an unbroken 44 for the sixth wicket to put the icing on the win.

Earlier, West Indies vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan stroked an unbeaten 104, his second one-day century.

He lashed 13 boundaries off 105 deliveries, and carried the team to a competitive total after it slumped to 90-4 in the 23rd over, when captain Brian Lara was dismissed for 8.

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