(Trinidad Guardian) SOUTHAMPTON, England West Indies failed in their bid to end their English summer on a high when they suffered a heavy nine-wicket drubbing in the final One-Day International of the five-match series yesterday.
Defending 288 at the Ageas Bowl, West Indies were put to the sword by Jonny Bairstow who belted an unbeaten 141 and fellow opener Jason Roy, who hammered 96, as the hosts marched to their target off 38 overs to complete a 4-0 series win.
The pair put on 156 for the first wicket before Test captain Joe Root, who ended unbeaten on 46, added a further 138 in an unbroken second-wicket stand with Bairstow to see England to their 16th win over the Windies in their last 22 ODI meetings. Stroke-maker Shai Hope had earlier gathered a stylish 72 as West Indies rallied to 288 for six off their 50 overs after they were sent in. Talismanic opener Chris Gayle slammed an aggressive 40 while debutant Sunil Ambris struck 38 not out and Kyle Hope, 33.