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Wednesday, April 21, 1999 Published at 23:35 GMT 00:35 UK


Sport: Cricket

One day game tied after invasion

Injured Brian Lara missed the game and is doubtful for the World Cup

Match referee Raman Subba Row declared Wednesday's one-day international between West Indies and Australia a tie after a crowd invasion disrupted the finish.

The home side appeared to have eased home by one run after Australian captain Steve Waugh failed to hit a winning four off the final delivery.

But Subba Row decided the Australians were prevented from making a third run to tie the game by the crowd.

Players from both teams were shoved and jostled when thousands of excited fans dashed on to the pitch.

Waugh and his eighth wicket partner Shane Warne were able to scamper two runs before they were engulfed. An attempt at a third run was impossible.

The final over had already been held up by a first invasion by fans who presumably believed the rain-reduced game was over at that stage.

The tie left the seven-match series level at 2-2 with the final two games scheduled for Barbados at the weekend.

World Cup doubt over Lara

Meanwhile West Indies head for the World Cup in England next month with a fitness question mark hanging over inspirational skipper Brian Lara.

The brilliant batsman is fighting for fitness but is struggling with a long-standing injury to his right wrist.

Lara played a real captain's role in the drawn four Test series against the Australians in the West Indies and was named man of the series.

But he missed the Guyana match with Steve Waugh's men because the injury flared up again.

The wrist problem, initially diagnosed as a cracked bone, first troubled him in South Africa earlier this year when he was struck on the arm.

But he has battled on until now and it seems likely he will follow medical advice and miss the two final one-dayers in Barbados.

West Indies play their first World Cup game against Pakistan in Bristol on May 16 and will be pulling out all the tops to have Lara fit and available.

Left-handed batsman Jimmy Adams captained the West Indies in Lara's absence on Wednesday.

That was despite fast bowler Courtney Walsh being named vice-captain when the 15-man World Cup squad was announced three weeks ago.

Australia have made just one change to the team which won by 20 runs at Queen's Park, bringing in seam bowler Paul Reiffel to replace all-rounder Brendon Julian in Wednesday's match.





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