England win nail-biting contest

England's Graeme Swann, centre, and Chris Tremlett, left, celebrate the wicket of West Indies' Kemar Roach during the Cricket World Cup match between England and West Indies in Chennai, India on Thursday (AP)

England kept themselves in the hunt for a quarter-final place in the World Cup with a thrilling 18-run victory over West Indies in a Group B match on Thursday.

Defending a 243-run total on a wicket that offered plenty of runs, James Tredwell (4-48) wrecked the West Indies top order while Ravi Bopara claimed two vital wickets to bowl out the Caribbean side for 225 in 44.4 overs.

Chris Gayle (43) and Darren Sammy (41) made a whirlwind start but West Indies were unable to keep up the momentum as they lost regular wickets.

Earlier, the English top order was guilty of squandering promising starts and not a single batsman could score a half-century against a West Indies attack, spearheaded by pace bowler Andre Russell (4-49) and debutant leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (3-34), which bowled them out for 243 in 48.4 overs.

Andrew Strauss (31) and Matt Prior (21) fell before their opening stand could really blossom and even though Jonathan Trott (47) and Luke Wright (44) down the order got the starts, none could hang on till the final overs to make it count.

England's quarter-final prospects now depend on the outcome of the other Group B matches.

Scoreboard in the World Cup Group B match between England and West Indies at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Thursday.

England innings A. Strauss c Gayle b Russell 31 M. Prior b Russell 21 J. Trott c Gayle b Bishoo 47 I. Bell b Roach 27 E. Morgan c Thomas b Bishoo 7 R. Bopara b Russell 4 L. Wright c Russell b Bishoo 44 J. Tredwell run out 9 T. Bresnan not out 20 G. Swann b Russell 8 C. Tremlett c Thomas b Roach 3 Extras: (b 1 lb 4 w 15 nb 2) 22 Total: (all out; 48.4 overs) 243
Fall of wickets: 1-48 2-79 3-121 4-134 5-134 6-151 7-192 8-216 9-238
Bowling: Roach 9.4-2-34-2 (2nb, 1w), Benn 10-0-56-0 (2w), Russell 8-0-49-4 (3w), Sammy 3-0-28-0, Bishoo 10-0-34-3, Pollard 8-0-37-0 (1w)

West Indies innings D. Smith st Prior b Tredwell 10 C. Gayle lbw b Tredwell 43 D. Sammy b Bopara 41 D. Bravo c Strauss b Tredwell 5 D. Thomas b Bopara 9 R. Sarwan c Bell b Swann 31 K. Pollard lbw b Swann 24 A. Russell lbw b Tredwell 49 S. Benn run out 2 K. Roach c Tremlett b Swann 0 D. Bishoo not out 0 Extras: (lb 8 w 3) 11 Total: (all out; 44.4 overs) 225
Fall of wickets: 1-58 2-67 3-91 4-113 5-118 6-150 7-222 8-223 9-223
Bowling: Bresnan 7-1-46-0, Swann 10-1-36-3 (1w), Tremlett 5-0-47-0 (1w), Tredwell 10-2-48-4 (1w), Bopara 8.4-2-22-2, Wright 4-0-18-0
Result: England won by 18 runs
England won the toss and elected to bat.

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