England set aside this week's controversial distractions to restrict West Indies to a stop-start 288 for six as they try to close out a 4-0 Royal London Series win at the Ageas Bowl.
In the final match of this country's longest cricket summer, Eoin Morgan's men could perhaps be forgiven for trudging to the finish line - especially after the arrest of Ben Stokes on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and his and Alex Hales' suspension by the England and Wales Cricket Board from all future international fixtures until further notice.
It was therefore to their credit that, after winning the toss in a match delayed by morning rain, they limited the tourists to under 300 on a good pitch despite Shai Hope's 72 from number three.
Chris Gayle took 15 balls to register his first run, a single to cover off Jake Ball, but he then briefly launched a remarkable sequence of hitting off the same bowler, registering five sixes in six balls spread over two overs.
England needed to get him quickly, and Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett had the answer with a brilliantly-disguised back-of-the-hand slower ball from the debutant and then an athletic pressure catch, running and diving back from mid-off.
Plunkett doubled up with another outstanding catch, this time off his own bowling as he got down low to hold a Kyle Hope straight-drive with his left hand.
A curiously unproductive partnership followed between Shai Hope and Marlon Samuels in which they managed a solitary boundary between them from 122 deliveries.
There was no pay-off from Samuels either, stumped on the charge at Moeen Ali, but Hope cashed in on two lives, dropped on 32 and 61 by Morgan and then Joe Root.
He finally hit his first four from his 78th ball and duly made it three in three - all to fine-leg off Curran, the second taking him past 50 - before eventually holing out on the cover boundary off Ball.
West Indies still had the resources to bag 115 runs in the last 12 overs to post a credible but far from daunting target.
Evin Lewis hit a sparkling century to guide West Indies to 356 for five in the fourth one-day international against England at The Oval.
Chris Woakes had rattled through the tourists' top order but then ran into Lewis whose initially patient, latterly explosive innings brought him a second ODI ton.
Only a thick inside edge, onto his own ankle, could stop the 25-year-old in his tracks as he departed retired hurt on a stretcher - to a standing ovation - for 176.
England, having put the tourists in, started like a team glad to get back out on the field with Woakes removing Chris Gayle with the fourth ball of the day Test skipper Joe Root taking the catch at first slip.
Woakes struck again in his second over, forcing an edge from Shai Hope, before trapping Marlon Samuels to leave the tourists 33 for three.
But Lewis and Jason Mohammed led the recovery, the latter benefiting from Eoin Morgan's failure to hold a fierce drive on nine.
When Mohammed departed for 46, cutting Adil Rashid to Jos Buttler, the pair had put on 117 for the fourth wicket.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder made 77, happy to play second fiddle as Lewis swatted 17 fours and seven sixes before his unfortunate departure.
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England suffered last-over heartbreak in the final of the World Twenty20 as Carlos Brathwaite clubbed Ben Stokes for four successive sixes to seal an unforgettable West Indies win at Eden Gardens.
England were strong favourites to lift the crown with the Caribbean side needing 19 off the last six balls of the match.
But Brathwaite launched an audacious assault on Ben Stokes, heaving him over the ropes four times in a row to seal a four-wicket success.
In an ill-tempered contest, played out in front of 66,000 rapt Indian fans, West Indies celebrated victory ecstatically, as Stokes sat crumpled in the middle.
Remarkably, West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the pre-match coin toss for the sixth match in a row. He decided to field first, and so England will post a total to chase in Kolkata.
West Indies ended Australia's stranglehold on the Women's World Twenty20, claiming their maiden title with an eight-wicket win at Eden Gardens.
Australia lifted the trophy in 2010, 2012 and 2014 but could not defend 148 for five as 18-year-old Hayley Matthews (66) and captain Stafanie Taylor (59) shared a decisive 120-run partnership.
Both fell before the end but Deandra Dottin and Britney Cooper ensured their work did not go unrewarded, scrambling a winning two after Megan Schutt's attempted close-range run out missed the stumps and went for an overthrow.
They were joined in ecstatic on-field celebrations by members of the West Indian men's team, who had arrived early for their own final against England to support from the boundary edge.
The West Indies answered their critics as they battered Pakistan on both sides of the ball to get their World Cup campaign up and running with a 150-run victory in Christchurch.
Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons laid the foundations for the Windies, with knocks of 51 and 50 respectively, before Andre Russell sparkled with an unbeaten 42 off just 13 balls to guide them to 310 for six.
With four wickets gone and 10 overs remaining the Windies cut loose, piling on 115 runs from their final 60 balls, although they were helped by poor Pakistan fielding throughout at Hagley Oval.