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West Indies win to restore some pride and take series 2-1


West Indies restored pride and regained credibility as a one-day cricket team by beating England by 93 runs on Saturday to win their three-match series 2-1.

Runako Morton and Chris Gayle each scored 82 and West Indies punished England's wayward fielding in an impressive 289-5 at Trent Bridge.

Daren Powell's three wickets then had England struggling at 33-3 and the home side labored to 196 all out despite a half century by Owais Shah and 44 from Paul Collingwood, who lost his debut series as captain. Powell took 4-40 and Fidel Edwards 3-30.

Having lost the first game by 79 runs at Lord's, Chris Gayle's team beat England by 61 at Edgbaston on Wednesday and arrived at Trent Bridge with far more confidence despite being outplayed 3-0 with one draw in the four-match Test series.

"It was a low, the disgrace and embarrassment of the Test series and this has now put us on top to show the public what we are capable of," said Gayle, who became the team's stand-in captain after Ramnaresh Sarwan was sidelined with a shoulder injury during the Test series.

"Hopefully this will be a motivational factor to move from strength to strength from here on in," he said.

The West Indies batsmen punished England's wayward fielding to post a difficult target on a wicket that gave some help to the swing bowlers.

While Gayle played a cautious innings in 126 balls to provide the backbone of his team's innings from opener, Morton made his runs off only 89 balls, with one six and six fours. He shared in a fifth-wicket partnership of 92 off only 47 deliveries with Bravo.

Bravo made 42 off just 24 balls as West Indies averaged 10 runs an over off the last 10 and England's bowlers sent down wide or occasionally chest-high deliveries. Two overs from Broad cost 36 runs.

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