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banner Monday, 19 June, 2000, 07:49 GMT 08:49 UK
The 1950 series
Frank Worrell
Frank Worrell - On the attack at Trent Bridge
The three Ws - Weekes, Walcott and Worrell - made their first appearance in England in a West Indies side skippered by John Goddard, but were unable to prevent their side losing the first Test by 202 runs.

Spinner Alf Valentine had England in deep trouble at 88 for five and went on to return figures of eight for 104, but a defiant 104 by wicket-keeper Godfrey Evans, backed up by Trevor Bailey's 82 not out, steered England to 312 all out.

Everton Weekes made 52 as the tourists replied with 215 - slow left armer Bob Berry taking five for 63 - but England built a commanding lead as Bill Edrich's 71 led the way to a total of 288. Eric Hollies then snapped up five for 63 and Berry four for 53 as West Indies were spun to defeat.

History was made at Lord's as the tourists recorded their first-ever Test victory on English soil by a margin of 326 runs. Opener Allan Rae scored 106 in their 326 all out but the main architects of their success were spinners Valentine and Sonny Ramadhin.

They shared nine wickets between them as England were dismissed for 151 and West Indies then made 425 for six declared with Clyde Walcott hammering 168 not out.


Cyril Washbrook
Cyril Washbrook - Two hundreds in the series
Cyril Washbrook batted watchfully to make 114 but England were all out for 274 in their second innings with Ramadhin finishing with match figures of 11 for 152 and Valentine seven for 127.

England again fell victim to the spin twins at Trent Bridge, where West Indies won by 10 wickets. The home side were all out for 233 and the tourists built a lead of 335 as Frank Worrell scored 261 and Weekes 129, the pair sharing a fourth wicket partnership of 283.

The home side's reply began with a stand of 212 between Reg Simpson (94) and Washbrook (102) but Ramadhin and Valentine shared eight wickets as England were eventually dismissed for 436 and Rae and Jeff Stollmeyer rattled up 103 for none to seal the win.

West Indies wrapped up a 3-1 series win - their first in England - with another marvellous all-round performance at The Oval where Rae (109) and Worrell (138) set them on their way to a first innings score of 503.

Len Hutton carried his bat for 202 not out as England replied with 344 but, following on, they fell apart for 103 with Valentine's six for 39 giving him match figures of 10 for 160 and 33 wickets in the series overall.

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