Eoin Morgan’s 10th one-day international hundred was the key to England’s 45-run victory against West Indies.
Morgan (107), dropped on 4 and then on 69, was patient and resourceful to help eke out a total of 296 for six – which proved beyond the hosts on a slow surface.
Liam Plunkett – with a career-best four for 40 – and Chris Woakes (four for 47) did most damage to a chase undermined when West Indies’ first three wickets fell for the addition of only three runs after they had first reached 36 for none.
Jason Mohammed (72) responded with his maiden ODI half-century, in his third innings – putting on 82 in 14 overs with Jonathan Carter (52) – but England kept their composure to stay on top at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Morgan’s fine effort to overturn the disadvantage of losing the toss after a start delayed by heavy morning showers was therefore put into favourable context as his team began their final approach to this summer’s Champions Trophy with a reassuring success.
England now lead the three-match ODI series by 1-0 with the second game to be played at the same venue on March 5 and the last to be played on March 9 in Barbados.