Opener Joe Root scored a fine unbeaten century to steer England to a crushing eight-wicket victory over the West Indies in their ICC 2019 World Cup match at Southampton, a result which makes the Windies' road to the last four very rocky from here.
Root hit 11 fours off 100 balls as England, chasing a modest 213 for victory, got there with 17 overs to spare to pile on the pressure for Windies skipper Jason Holder and his team, who will now have to win their remaining five matches to have a chance of getting to the playoff phase.
Shannon Gabriel was the pick of the Windies bowlers with two wickets for 49 runs but was one of two bowlers who left the field with injury. Allrounder Andre Russell also limped off the field after bowling only two overs and both may be questionable for the team's now crucial against Bangladesh on Monday.
Earlier, however, England pacers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, who is of Barbadian heritage, ran through the West Indies side. Wood finished with three wickets for 18 runs, including the key wickets of Shai Hope (11) and Russell (21), while Archer also bagged three lower-order scalps to set up an easy run chase for the home side.
Man-of-the-Match Root also took the wickets of Shimron Hetmyer (39) and Holder (9) with his off-spin.
Only Nicholas Pooran offered any real resistance with a well played 63 off 78 balls but once his partnership with Hetmyer was broken by Root the West Indies capitulated.
Victory pushed England to second on the 10-team table with six points from four matches, one behind leaders New Zealand, while the West Indies fell to sixth with four points from as many matches.
West Indies 212 all out (Nicholas Pooran 63, Shimron Hetmyer 39, Chris Gayle 36; Mark Wood 3/18, Jofra Archer 3/30) v England 213-2 (Joe Root no, Jonny Bairstow 45, Chris Woakes 40; Shannon Gabriel 2/49)
Result: England won by 8 wickets