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banner Monday, 19 June, 2000, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
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Colin Cowdrey
Colin Cowdrey - His England side were second best
West Indies began the series with by outplaying England at Old Trafford to win by an innings and 40 runs. The tone was set by opener Conrad Hunte with 135 and captain Gary Sobers was 83 not out at the end of the opening day.

He went on to reach 161 out of a total of 484 and his bowlers quickly had England in trouble, reducing them to 65 for five.

Off-spinner Lance Gibbs began the series with five for 37 from 28.1 overs and there were three wickets for debutant David Holford as England were dismissed for 167.

The home side's only new cap, Colin Milburn, underlined his ability with a belligerent 94 and Colin Cowdrey made 69 but Gibbs worked his way through the tail for another five-wicket haul as they were all out for 277.

South African-born all-rounder Basil D'Oliveira made his England debut in the drawn second Test, which saw Cowdrey replace Mike Smith as England captain.

Wes Hall
West Indies paceman Wes Hall - In the nets
D'Oliveira began with the vital wicket of Seymour Nurse for 64 as West Indies were all out for 269, with Ken Higgs taking six for 91. The home side gained a useful 86-run lead despite Tom Graveney (96) and Jim Parks (91) both missing out on centuries.

West Indies struggled to 95 for five in their second innings but were rescued by an unbroken stand of 274 between Sobers (163) and Holford (105).

They declared on 369 for five, leaving England 284 to win, and although Milburn raced to his first Test hundred (126 not out), the game ended with their total on 197 for four.

John Snow and Higgs took four wickets each as West Indies were all out for 235 on the opening day of the third Test at Trent Bridge, but the tourists showed tremendous resolve to win by 139 runs.

England led by 90 on first innings after Graveney's 109, but the innings of the match was played by Basil Butcher.

He shared stands of 107 with Seymour Nurse (53) and 173 with Sobers (94) and had reached 209 not out when the declaration came with the West Indies on 482 for five.

Geoff Boycott batted well to make 71 and D'Oliveira resisted well for 54, but Griffith took four for 34 as England were dismissed for 253.


England were clearly second best again at Headingley, where West Indies opened up a 3-0 lead in the series. A score of 500 for nine declared, built around centuries for Nurse (137) and the incomparable Sobers (174), proved more than enough as they won by an innings and 55 runs.

Lance Gibbs
Lance Gibbs - 21 wickets in the series
D'Oliveira's 88 and a gallant 49 by Higgs were the only innings of note in the home side's first innings 240, with Sobers following up his brilliant batting by taking five for 41.

Bob Barber scored 55 as England followed on, but Gibbs bowled superbly for six for 39 as they were all out for 205.

England finally gave their supporters something to smile about as they saved face by winning the final Test at The Oval by an innings and 34 runs. West Indies batted first with Kanhai making an excellent 104, but although Sobers contributed 81, they were dismissed for just 268.

Graveney (165) and wicket-keeper John Murray (112) put on 217 for the eighth wicket, and a tired West Indian side were further punished with final pair Snow (63) and Higgs (59 not out) sharing a stand of 128 before England were all out for 527.

Snow then took three for 40 as the tourists were bowled out for 225, with Butcher and Nurse producing the only noteworthy partnership.

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