Cook, Bell guide England to victory

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 00:00 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

LONDON,(Reuters): Alastair Cook and Ian Bell made composed fifties to guide England to a comfortable five-wicket win over West Indies in the first test at Lord’s on Monday.

The hosts had crumbled to 57 for four chasing 191 for victory on a chilly morning but Cook and Bell steadied the ship with a fifth-wicket partnership of 132. Cook was out for 79 just before the end but Bell steered England home, clipping Marlon Samuels for four through mid-wicket to seal victory and finish on 63 not out.

The second test in the three-match series starts at Trent Bridge on Friday.