England clinch historic win

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/C/Cricket.jpg' class='caption'> England beat the West Indies by eight wickets in Bridgetown to win the third Test and secure their first series triumph in Caribbean for 36 years.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Bridgetown, Barbados:

England beat the West Indies by eight wickets here to win the third Test and secure their first series triumph in Caribbean for 36 years. England, already 2-0 up in the four-match series, wrapped up victory at the Kensington Oval late on the third day yesterday when they made 93-2 in their second innings with Mark Butcher hitting the winning runs to finish 12 not out. Marcus Trescothick had made 42 off 61 balls before being caught by Ridley Jacobs off Corey Collymore while skipper Michael Vaughan was dismissed in the same manner for 32. Earlier, England had bowled out the West Indies for just 94 with paceman Matthew Hoggard taking a hat-trick in a four wicket haul. Little resistance Only West Indies skipper Brian Lara offered any resistance top-scoring with 33 despite twice needing treatment on an injured left arm but even he wasn't able to prevent Vaughan's men from celebrating an historic triumph. "Everyone has put so much work in, it's been one huge team effort," said Michael Vaughan. "We owe a big thanks to Graham Thorpe for the way he played on Friday. That century got us out of trouble and I thought in the conditions today our bowlers were brilliant." Now England have their sights set on becoming the first team to clinch a whitewash in the Caribbean in next week's final Test in Antigua. "We are three-nil up and we'll be going to Antigua to try to win. But we'll certainly celebrate this great series victory. It's been a long wait but these lads deserve all the credit they are going to get because they have put in a lot of hard work," added Vaughan. A devastated Brian Lara insisted that his team will try and salvage some pride in the final Test. Since Colin Cowdrey last led a successful England team here, it had been one long tale of misery. The 1973/74 series finished 1-1, the West Indies won 2-0 in 1981, 5-0 in 1986, 2-1 in 1990, 3-1 in 1994 and 3-1 again in 1998. (With PTI inputs)

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