England cruised to victory in the fourth and final Test of their series against West Indies to win by seven wickets in a dramatic final day to win the series 3-0.
England, set 110 to win, reached 111 for three with captain Michael Vaughan (48 not out) steering England home in his first test series in 18 months after injury.
Spinner Monty Panesar took five for 46 while Shivnarine Chanderpaul offered the only resistance for his side and passed 50 for the sixth time in consecutive innings, scoring 70 in West Indies' second innings' 222.
England are now unbeaten in home test series since losing to Australia in 2001.
The win was effectively achieved within three and a half days as Friday's
first day and half of Saturday was washed out.
England has regained the pride that was severely damaged by an Ashes
mauling from Australia.
Panesar has become the team's emblematic figure and was the best bowler in the series with 23 wickets.
The West Indies team that came to England was affected by the retirement of Brian Lara, injury to captain Ramnaresh Sarwan and continued poor form since it hosted the World Cup.
Only 32-year-old Guyanese left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul played well all series for the visitors.
He scored 136 in Durham in a first-innings total of 287 in seam-friendly conditions as England's latest discovery, Ryan Sidebottom, took 5-88.
In reply, Paul Collingwood, tipped to be England's next one-day captain
after Vaughan stepped down on Monday, scored 128, while Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior contributed half centuries.
Last day drama
West Indies began the last day batting to save the match, but trailing
with seven wickets in hand. However, this West Indies team is not capable of such application.
Chanderpaul started the day on 16 and Chris Gayle on 52. The left-handed Gayle had faced seven balls without scoring when Hoggard enticed him to edge an outswinging delivery to wicketkeeper Matt Prior to make the score 94-4.
Only 48 runs were scored in the 90-minute session, shortened because of bad light that delayed the start of play by 30 minutes.
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Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo put on 68 for the fifth wicket before Bravo fell to Panesar's guile 30 minutes after lunch, with the score on 169 for a lead of 56.
Bravo scored 44 in the first innings and took on Panesar with a lofted
chip for four.
The very next ball, Bravo tried another ambitious shot but only succeeded in lofting the ball to Sidebottom at midoff.
Panesar then bowled an unplayable delivery to Marlon Samuels that turned sharply and bounced, catching the shoulder of the bat and spooning up to Paul Collingwood at slip.
West Indies' last recognized batsman had departed for 2.
Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was the next victim, clean bowled by the
left-arm spinner and West Indies was 175-7, only 62 runs ahead.
While Panesar was taking wickets, pace bowler Steve Harmison was working up a head of steam and bowled 12 consecutive overs.
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First he persuaded Daren Powell to take a wild swing at the ball to be caught at midoff by Vaughan, and then he uprooted Fidel Edwards' off stump with a snorting delivery.
The England and Wales Cricket Board earlier announced that Harmison needs a hernia operation.
With England playing with a cordon of six slips, Corey Collymore and
Chanderpaul put on 28 for the last wicket before Chanderpaul was bowled by Panesar for 70, the end of a stretch of almost 18 hours in which he had not been dismissed.
Chanderpaul patiently acquired his sixth successive half century while his
teammates were dismissed, several of them to shots that defied common sense.
In response, Powell took the wickets of openers Andrew Strauss and
Alastair Cook cheaply, allowing Vaughan and Pietersen put on 76 before
Pietersen edged a ball by Gayle to Samuels at slip.