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Newz Forum: OTHER: England defeat West Indies in the second test

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posted on Mar, 23 2004 @ 01:08 PM
England successfully completed a seven-wicket victory over West Indies in the second Test on Tuesday after overcoming the loss of Nasser Hussain to the second ball of the final day at the Queen's Park Oval.Resuming the final day needing 28 to win, England lost a wicket second ball when Nasser Hussain edged Adam Sanford behind for five. New batsman Graham Thorpe almost fell to the third but Ridley Jacobs was unable to hold onto a low edge to his left.He finished unbeaten on 13 not out while Mark Butcher hit the winning runs in the fifth over to reach 47 not out.

Victory was set up on a hectic day four as Simon Jones claimed his first Test five-wicket haul to bowl the home side out for 209.Set 99 to win, England had looked to complete the job on Monday evening, but bad light stopped play after they had blazed to 71-2 in 10 overs.Butcher, who ground out a vital 61 in the first innings to lead England to a 111-run first innings lead, faced just 45 balls in his second knock, hitting six boundaries.Fast bowler Stephen Harmison, who claimed 6-61 to reduce the West Indies first innings from 100-0 to 208 all out, gained his second man-of-the-match award of the series.

Surrey pair Mark Butcher and Graham Thorpe combined to calm the jittery nerves and complete England's march to victory in only four overs this morning to retain the Wisden Trophy, which they won in memorable fashion in England four years ago.It is also the first time they have won two Tests in a Caribbean Test series since England drew 2-2 in West Indies in 1953-4 under Sir Len Hutton, another Yorkshire player captaining England.Today's triumph, which followed their emphatic 10-wicket opening Test win at Sabina Park last week, also establishes England as firm favourites to claim their first Caribbean series win since 1968, particularly as the final two Tests in Barbados and Antigua traditionally attract a large English fan base.


West Indies: B Lara (capt), C Gayle, Devon Smith, R Sarwan, S Chanderpaul, R Jacobs, Dwayne Smith, T Best, C Collymore, P Collins, A Sanford.

England: M Vaughan (capt), M Trescothick, M Butcher, N Hussain, G Thorpe, A Flintoff, C Read (wkt), A Giles, S Jones, M Hoggard, S Harmison.


posted on Mar, 23 2004 @ 02:17 PM
That was a great win for England the bowling has been fantastic and they seem to have really got it together now,a few years back the West Indies were a brilliant side,they don't seem as good but its still a great achievemant by England.

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