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banner Monday, 19 June, 2000, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
The 1957 series
Tony Lock
Tony Lock - Man of the Match at The Oval
West Indies arrived for their first five-Test series in England with potentially an even stronger batting line-up than seven years earlier, including Gary Sobers and newcomer Rohan Kanhai.

Both were in the team for the first match at Edgbaston, where they built a big first innings lead but were ultimately grateful to hang on for a draw.

Sonny Ramadhin's seven for 49 saw England dismissed for just 186 and the tourists replied with 474, built around an innings of 161 by Collie Smith.

But England's batsmen atoned for their earlier failure as skipper Peter May (285 not out) and Colin Cowdrey (154) added 409 for the fourth wicket before May declared at 583 for four.


Trevor Bailey
Trevor Bailey - Superb bowling at Lord's
It left West Indies needing 296 to win but Fred Trueman, Jim Laker and Tony Lock reduced them to 72 for seven before England were beaten by the clock.

Trevor Bailey and Cowdrey were the leading figures as England comprehensively outplayed their opponents at Lord's to win by an innings and 36 runs. Bailey took seven for 44 as West Indies were all out for just 127 after winning the toss, with Kanhai's 34 the top score.

Four members of England's top six failed to reach double figures but Cowdrey was a class apart with a stylish 152.

Fine support from Peter Richardson (76) and Godfrey Evans (82) saw the home side total 424 and they then dismissed West Indies for 261 despite 90 from Everton Weekes and 66 by Sobers, with Bailey claiming another four victims for match figures of 11 for 98.


Gary Sobers
Gary Sobers - A forcing shot off the back foot
West Indies tried eight different bowlers in England's first innings at Trent Bridge but could not stop them piling up 619 for six declared.

All came alike to Tom Graveney, who was 188 not out at the end of the first day and went on to reach 258. Richardson (126) and captain May (104) also reached three figures and they were able to enforce the follow-on as West Indies were all out for 372, despite Frank Worrell carrying his bat for 191 not out.

Smith scored his second hundred of the series (168) as the tourists made 367 in their second innings, with Trueman and Brian Statham sharing nine wickets between them, and the match was drawn with England on 64 for one, chasing a target of 121 for victory.

Peter Loader replaced Statham as Trueman's new ball partner for the fourth Test at Headingley and his six for 36 set England on the way to a series-clinching victory by an innings and five runs.


Peter May
Peter May - Led by example
West Indies managed only 142 and half centuries by May, Cowdrey and David Sheppard anchored the home side's 279 all out in reply, with Worrell taking seven for 70.

The tourists reached 40 without loss but the loss of Worrell and Kanhai without further addition sparked a steady collapse which ended with them all out for 132. Loader was again the pick of England's attack with three for 50.

West Indies completed their tour on a low note at The Oval as they suffered their heaviest defeat of the series by an innings and 237 runs. Graveney followed his double century at Nottingham with 168 and Richardson's 107 was the other highlight in a total of 412.

The pitch was taking spin and Laker and Lock exploited the conditions superbly to share 16 wickets between them as the tourists slumped to just 89 and 86 all out in their two innings, with Lock returning personal match figures of 37.4-19-48-11.

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