England were victorious once again as they showed their class over the West Indies in the Second One Day International at The Oval and essentially tying up the one day series, making the third test slightly redundant for the West Indies. A favoured ground for the West Indies, the team were somewhat off the mark of the strong performances they have been renowned for at the Oval.
England, led by an inspired Alastair Cook, the captain scored an impressive 112 that certainly led the way to victory for his team. On a beautiful sunny warm day in London, the only ray of sunshine for the West Indies was talismanic batsman Chris Gayle who showed his class, himself hitting 53. Despite this contribution from Gayle, his West Indies team mates failed to follow suit and take inspiration and were never a patch on their rampant England opponents.
Beating the West Indies by eight wickets, England ended the game 239-2 (45 overs) with West Indies at 238-9 (50 overs), with Alastair Cook being the stand out performer of the day.
West Indies fans left with a deep sense of frustration and disappointment knowing they had been outclassed by the English on a ground that has proved fruitful for them in past encounters. Questions are certainly being asked at the top level of West Indian Cricket as fans seem to be in the majority opinion that something is wrong with their team.
On Wednesday 19th June 2012, WinkBall video reporters Michael and Billy were at the Oval stadium to speak to fans that had come to see England and West Indies contest each other in this one day international. Speaking about the performance, fans also gave their opinion on the batting sensation that is Chris Gayle, and what makes the West Indian player so fantastic.