England’s summer ends in shock defeat by West Indies
England's last outing of the summer ended in defeat after West Indies sealed a 25-run T20 win at The Oval
England’s young bucks collapsed to a shock 25-run defeat by West Indies in the final game of the cricketing summer.
Having impressed against a relatively unknown West Indies side in the first of a two-match Twenty20 series at The Oval, in which England secured a 10-wicket win, stand-in skipper Graeme Swann won the toss and again inserted the visitors.
Once again, England were dynamic in the field as their three spinners thrived on The Oval’s turning pitch.
However, it was Jade Dernbach who made the first breakthrough as he trapped Dwayne Smith LBW for 11. Samit Patel, who shared the new ball with Tim Bresnan, then snared Miles Bascombe to leave West Indies two down for 24.
Steven Finn had made way in the XI for Durham leg spinner Scott Borthwick and the debutant impressed in his four overs, conceding just 15 runs and bowling Johnson Charles with a googly the West Indian opener played all round.
At 42-3 West Indies needed to consolidate and looked to their most accomplished international batsmen, Marlon Samuels, for guidance. He duly obliged with a run a ball 35* but the visitors were unable to accelerate their innings.
Patel and Friday’s hero, Ravi Bopara, took a wicket each as West Indies finished on 113-5 from their 20 overs.
Having chased 128 without losing a wicket on Friday, England would have been forgiven for thinking they would be in command this time around.
However, a revitalised Windies side took quick wickets as England’s young batsmen panicked in the face of collapse.
Only Ben Stokes managed to put a score together as he clubbed 31 from 23 balls but by the time he was adjudged LBW to Devendra Bishoo England had already lost five wickets and were now 55-6.
The visitors must have been inspired by England’s display in the field on Friday as they executed four run outs, while debutant spinner Garey Mathurin took 3-9 in his four overs.
England were eventually dismissed for 88 to slump to a 25-run loss in the 17th over as their momentous summer ended in a damp squib.