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banner Monday, 19 June, 2000, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
The 1939 series
West Indies fast bowler Manny Martindale
Manny Martindale and Derek Sealy at The Oval
The final England v West Indies series for 11 years began at Lord's on 24 June and saw West Indies win the toss for a game which saw them give four players Test debuts, including Jeff Stollmeyer.

He marked his first appearance with an innings of 59 but it was George Headley's 106 which paved the way to a total of 277.

England replied with 404 for five declared as Len Hutton (196) and Dennis Compton (120) entertain the crowd with a dazzling exhibition of strokeplay, but Headley lost nothing by comparison as his 107 gave him two hundreds in the match.

West Indies were all out for 225 with debutant Bill Copson taking four wickets for match figures of nine for 151, and England reached 100 for two to win by eight wickets.


Len Hutton
Hutton - England's master batsman
It was a low-scoring game at Old Trafford the following month with England declaring their weather-delayed first innings on 164 for seven after a rapid 76 by Joe Hardstaff and then dismissing West Indies for 133 with Bill Bowes taking six for 33.

England extended their lead with 128 for six declared but did not have enough time to force a win, with the tourists holding out for a draw on 43 for four.

The final Test at The Oval saw England trail by 146 on first innings despite batting first and totalling 352, with Joe Hardstaff falling six short of a hundred and good batting from Len Hutton (73) and Buddy Oldfield (80).

West Indies lost Rolph Grant early, but 96 by Vic Stollmeyer paved the way for Kenneth Weekes to make an excellent 137 as they ran up a score of 498.

England were never in danger of defeat in their second innings and a third wicket stand of 264 between Hutton (165 not out) and Walter Hammond (138) saw them to 366 for three declared, with the match drawn and the home side taking the series 1-0.

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