(CNN) -- England wrapped up a 10-wicket victory over the West Indies on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies despite encountering stiff resistance from Denesh Ramdin and Brendan Nash.
England players celebrate another wicket in the first Test at Lord's.
The pair put on 143 for the sixth wicket after the West Indies slumped to 79-5 as they followed on.
Nash (81) and Ramdin (61) helped the visitors to 256 all out, which left England needing just 32 to go one up in the series, which captain Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook comfortably knocked off in 41 balls.
Nash was eventually the last man out, caught by Jimmy Anderson off Stuart Broad who ended with three for 64.
But it was spinner Graeme Swann who proved the third day hero with three wickets, including the key scalp of Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the second time in the match..
Swann also took three wickets for just 16 in the West Indies first innings and made 63 not out in England's first knock.
Combined with Ravi Bopara's maiden Test century and Graham Onions' five-wicket haul in the dismal West Indies first innings, England won an opening Test for the first time since beating Bangladesh in 2005.
The second and final Test starts on Thursday at Chester-le-Street in Durham.
The victory is partial revenge for the 1-0 series defeat England suffered in the Caribbean earlier this year and will put them in good heart before the stiffer challenge to be offered by Australian in the Ashes series later this summer.
"We had a tough winter so it was important to get over the line in this Test match," Strauss told Sky Sports after the emphatic victory.